A Piscataway attorney has filed a lawsuit against a Hillsborough Township Police officer for "unreasonable and excessive" actions during her arrest for an alleged DWI in October.
Cynthia Hwang claims Officer Robert Fariello assaulted her following a motor vehicle stop on Oct. 18 on Amwell Road, near Piney Woods Drive, at 12:47 a.m.
Hwang was charged with driving under the influence, failing to keep right, driving with a cracked windshield, refusal and resisting arrest after the stop.
In a suit she filed last month, she claims Fariello "illegally assaulted, arrested and detained" her during the traffic stop, when he allegedly threw her to the ground, handcuffed her and placed her in the back of his patrol car, after she requested an attorney during a field sobriety test.
According to NJ.com, Hwang also filed a similar complaint with the police department.
The report notes Township Attorney Albert Cruz and Hillsborough Chief of Police Paul Kaminsky wouldn't comment on the lawsuit, although Kaminsky praised Fariello's general performance as an officer.