A Jersey City police officer was charged with filing a false report related to a crash he was involved with while driving a marked vehicle, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced.
Joseph Ross, 36, was charged with one count of false reporting to a law enforcement officer, a fourth-degree crime.
He was arrested without incident at the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office in Jersey City earlier today and released on a summons pending his first court appearance on Wednesday, June 1, 2022.
An investigation by the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Public Integrity Unit and the Jersey City Police Department’s Internal Affairs Unit determined Ross was involved in a motor vehicle collision in his marked police car on Thursday, February 10th.
Ross later reported the vehicle was involved in a hit-and-run crash at a different location and he submitted the report while on duty, authorities said.
Ross is a former Hudson County Sheriff’s officer who was sworn in during a June 2009 ceremony and earned a salary of $70,380 last year, according to public records.