CRIME

Records: Off-duty New Jersey officer behind wheel in fatal wrong-way crash had 2 DUI arrests

  • Pallbearers carry the casket containing the body of Linden Officer Frank Viggiano in Linden Presbyterian Church, before funeral services, Thursday, March 26, 2015, in Linden, N.J. Viggiano and Joseph Rodriguez died when the car they were riding in crashed head-on into a truck in the Staten Island borough of New York on Friday after a night at a strip club. Officers Pedro Abad Jr., who was driving the car, and Patrik Kudlac, remain hospitalized. The officers were off-duty at the time. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

    Pallbearers carry the casket containing the body of Linden Officer Frank Viggiano in Linden Presbyterian Church, before funeral services, Thursday, March 26, 2015, in Linden, N.J. Viggiano and Joseph Rodriguez died when the car they were riding in crashed head-on into a truck in the Staten Island borough of New York on Friday after a night at a strip club. Officers Pedro Abad Jr., who was driving the car, and Patrik Kudlac, remain hospitalized. The officers were off-duty at the time. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)  (The Associated Press)

  • Officials and mourners gather outside of Linden Presbyterian Church before funeral services for Linden Officer Frank Viggiano, Thursday, March 26, 2015, in Linden, N.J.  Viggiano and Joseph Rodriguez died when the car they were riding in crashed head-on into a truck in the Staten Island borough of New York on Friday after a night at a strip club. Officers Pedro Abad Jr., who was driving the car, and Patrik Kudlac, remain hospitalized. The officers were off-duty at the time. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

    Officials and mourners gather outside of Linden Presbyterian Church before funeral services for Linden Officer Frank Viggiano, Thursday, March 26, 2015, in Linden, N.J. Viggiano and Joseph Rodriguez died when the car they were riding in crashed head-on into a truck in the Staten Island borough of New York on Friday after a night at a strip club. Officers Pedro Abad Jr., who was driving the car, and Patrik Kudlac, remain hospitalized. The officers were off-duty at the time. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)  (The Associated Press)

  • Police officers embrace following funeral services for Linden Police officer Frank Viggiano at Linden Presbyterian Church, Thursday, March 26, 2015, in Linden, N.J. Officer Viggiano and friend Joe Rodriguez, both 28,  were killed in a wrong-way crash in New York City on March 20. Officers Pedro Abad, 27, and Patrik Kudlac, 23, were injured in the crash. Authorities said the four men were headed home from a strip club when Abad drove the wrong way down a Staten Island highway and crashed head-on into a tractor-trailer. The officers were off-duty at the time. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

    Police officers embrace following funeral services for Linden Police officer Frank Viggiano at Linden Presbyterian Church, Thursday, March 26, 2015, in Linden, N.J. Officer Viggiano and friend Joe Rodriguez, both 28, were killed in a wrong-way crash in New York City on March 20. Officers Pedro Abad, 27, and Patrik Kudlac, 23, were injured in the crash. Authorities said the four men were headed home from a strip club when Abad drove the wrong way down a Staten Island highway and crashed head-on into a tractor-trailer. The officers were off-duty at the time. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)  (The Associated Press)

An off-duty New Jersey police officer behind the wheel of a car that crashed while heading the wrong way on a New York highway, killing two passengers, has had two DUI arrests in the last four years.

Records show six-year Linden police veteran Pedro Abad Jr. was arrested on a DUI charge in Roselle in 2011.That arrest apparently led to no citation or violation.

A spokeswoman for the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission said Tuesday that Abad's license was suspended for seven months after a 2013 DUI arrest in Rahway.

Linden police didn't comment Thursday on why Abad remained on the force or say what sanctions he may have faced.

Abad and Officer Patrik Kudlac were critically injured in the March 20 crash. Officer Frank Viggiano and friend Joseph Rodriguez were killed.