A city cop was suspended and gave up part of a paycheck after an investigation showed that he took an undercover police vehicle to visit his romantic partner in Woodbridge while he was supposed to be working.

Sgt. Carmelo Jimenez has already served his eight-day suspension and repaid 27 hours of pay to the city for taking the car out of town during work hours, his legal representative said.

“He took a hit,” said Tony Fusco, a lawyer for the Fraternal Order of Police in Perth Amboy. “You’re talking about a guy with 17 years on the job, he’s into his 18th year, and he’s a good cop. And that’s the end of it.”

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