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EDISON, N.J. (AP) - A neighbor says a New Jersey police officer spent nearly three hours at home during the Super Bowl while his patrol car remained idling in the driveway.

Edison Police Sgt. Andrew Chupela is the focus of an internal affairs investigation.

Police Chief Thomas Bryan tells The Star-Ledger of Newark Chupela has not been suspended from his $145,000-a-year job. Bryan would not say what kind of discipline, if any, the sergeant would face if the allegations are sustained.

Chupela's neighbor, Thomas DeRienzo, filed a complaint on Super Bowl Sunday after he said Chupela arrived home at around 7:30 p.m. and drove off at 10:15 or 10:20 p.m.

DeRienzo says it's irrelevant whether Chupela was watching the game or not. DeRienzo says taxpayers are getting fleeced.

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