Ramsey, NJ — This time, a Ramsey police sergeant, Vasili Pieratos, 43, “was driving his gray 2016 Mercedes-Benz south on Kinderkamack Road by Highland Street when he lost control on a curve in the road, according to the crash investigation report.” Pieratos’s car went over the curb, through the lawn of a resident, ran over the fence of another resident, “and hit a tree, boulder and landscaping berm before landing sideways on its passenger side.”
The passenger? Another Ramsey police officer. Ironically, Pieratos has a masters degree in substance abuse from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Pieratos, a Mahwah resident, was also the president of the Ramsey Police Benevolent Association.
A Park Ridge police officer happened to be passing by and made the arrest. Pieratos’s blood alcohol level was .19–double the legal limit. We question however whether Pieratos was given additional time before the BAC test was taken.
Bergen County Public Safety Director Arrested for DUI in Oakland
Bergen County director of safety and security, Michael Bradley, 48 of Wayne, was arrested back in March after driving a county issued vehicle into an Oakland resident’s mail box. After residents reported Bradley’s erratic driving, Oakland police officers stopped Bradley’s vehicle. Officers discovered two bottles of whiskey under Bradley’s shirt and found him visibly intoxicated, according to police reports.
In addition to his six-figure salary, Bradley collects a pension as a result of his retirement from the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office. Bradley had been previously accused by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office of tampering with witnesses in the 2012 trial of former Hackensack Police Chief Ken Zisa. No charges were brought.
After his arrest, Bradley tried to get the officers to cover up the incident. In another strange twist, Oakland police claimed that their Breathalyzer malfunctioned. So they transported Bradley to the Franklin Lakes Police Department–giving Bradley time to sober up and lower his BAC results.
One has to wonder why the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office didn’t charge Bradley with obstruction of justice for attempting to talk the arresting officer out of DUI charges.
Back in 2012, former Bergen County Assistant Prosecutor Daniel Keitel accused Bradley of tampering with witnesses against Zisa. While Keitel himself has serious credibility issues (the New Jersey Supreme Court found that he had engaged in a “gross abuse of discretion” in another case), he may have been right on this one. Bradley’s wife Suzanne Bradley currently remains employed at the Bergen County Courthouse.