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Township Employee Fired After Refusing Post-Accident Breath Test

A township employee was fired Feb. 23 as a result of his refusal to take a breath test following a weekend accident with a township plow.

Police said that Raymond T. Genovese, 36, of Somerset, a public works employee at the time, was charged with driving while intoxicated and several other motor vehicle offenses Feb. 21 after being involved in an accident on John F. Kennedy Boulevard.

Police said Genovese was driving a township plow on JFK around 7 p.m. when his truck rear-ended a 2014 BMW driven by William Disla, 40, of New Brunswick.

Police said the accident was low-impact, and there were no injuries.

Police said “a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage” was detected around Genovese’s breath as they were investigating the accident.

In addition to DWI, police said Genovese was charged with reckless driving, following too closely and refusing to take a breathalyzer test.

Genovese was processed at police headquarters and released to a friend, police said.

It was his refusal to take the breathalyzer test that cost Genovese his job, said Township Manager Robert Vornlocker.

“Based on Mr. Genovese’s refusal to submit to post-accident testing mandated by his Commercial Driver License, his employment was terminated today consistent with Township policy,” Vornlocker said in an email.

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