A police officer who’s the son of the North Plainfield Police Department’s chief will lose his driving privileges and face fines of more than $600 after he pleaded guilty to charges of drunk driving, according to a court spokeswoman.
William Parenti Jr. of Berkeley Heights, the son of North Plainfield Police Chief William G. Parenti, and an officer on that force since January of 2013, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Mansfield Township Municipal Court to charges of driving while intoxicated, according to spokeswoman from Mansfield Township Municipal Court. The case was transferred from Warren Township, Harris said. Parenti Jr.’s license will be suspended for three months. He must attend 12 hours of IRDC driving school, and must pay fines, court costs and surcharges of more than $600, the spokeswoman said. “The internal affairs ‘IA’ investigation has started,” Chief William G. Parenti said.
“That being said, we are barred from discussing or commenting on IA investigations.” Parenti said he has no investigative role in IA investigations, and they are all handled by an officer specifically trained for that purpose.
“He has notified the (Somerset County) Prosecutor’s Office and will work with them on this,” Parenti said.