- Associated Press - Sunday, May 7, 2017

MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (AP) - A police officer who admitted he was driving drunk when he caused a fatal off-duty crash last year has pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide.

Justin Rodriguez faces a four-year prison term when he’s sentenced next month.

Rodriguez was charged in connection with a Sept. 23 crash in Florence Township that killed his passenger, 27-year-old Ariana Williams, and left him critically injured. Authorities say the 26-year-old Rodriguez was speeding when he lost control of his car and struck a pole.

Rodriguez had served with the Burlington Township police department for 11 months before the crash occurred. He was suspended without pay and officials say they will now move to fire him.

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