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Two Woodbridge police officers charged in motor vehicle cover-up

WOODBRIDGE – Two township police officers were charged on Feb. 26 with providing false information during an investigation into a motor vehicle crash involving another township police officer.

Officer David Hughes, 30, of the Port Reading section of the township, was charged with falsifying or tampering with records and tampering with public records. His partner, Officer Amanda Felicies, 29, of the Fords section of the township, was charged with false swearing for lying to authorities during the investigation into the crash, according to a statement prepared by Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Director Robert Hubner of the Woodbridge Police Department.

Both officers were released on their own recognizance pending further court action. They also have been suspended from duty, Carey said.

An investigation by the Woodbridge Police Department determined that Hughes and Felicies were dispatched to a motor vehicle crash in the township on May 23, 2015. An off-duty officer, whose name is being withheld, was traveling north on Route 9 and was exiting onto West Pond Road when his Mitsubishi sport utility vehicle reportedly jumped the curb, was damaged and could not be driven, officials said.

The investigation determined that Hughes allegedly filed a false report on May 23, 2015 to protect the unnamed officer. Felicies subsequently provided false information under oath on Jan. 19, 2016, to police who were investigating the crash, according to the statement.

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