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

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.