N.J. football coach arrested for DUI after crashing into parked cars outside high school

I can think of better ways to make first impressions.

Recently hired Harrison (N.J.) High head football coach Thomas Ferriero, whose new job was scheduled to begin Aug. 15, has already been suspended without pay for allegedly driving a town van into several parked cars while under the influence of alcohol in front of the school on Friday, according to The Jersey Journal.

More from the local newspaper:

According to a police report from the incident, Ferriero first struck two parked cars while he was traveling west on Hamilton Street. After hitting the second car, Ferriero made a U-turn in the middle of the street and then turned left onto Kingsland Avenue. The coach hit a third car parked in front of the high school before crossing over the roadway and hitting a fourth vehicle, police said.

Ferriero, 50, was “unsteady on his feet and slurring his words” when police arrived, according to the report. Police smelled alcohol on his breath, and the coach told them he drank three beers, the report said. Ferriero allegedly registered a 0.11 blood alcohol level — higher than the legal limit of 0.08. Even worse: The 1999 van he drove is registered to the Town of Harrison, and he was not authorized to drive the vehicle.

According to The Jersey Journal, Harrison’s Board of Education isn’t scheduled to meet again until Sept. 22, when the board plans to discuss Ferriero’s employment, which seems like a while to wait before determining the status of a coach who allegedly drove a town van he wasn’t supposed to be driving into four other vehicles outside the high school a week before he was supposed to begin shaping young minds. But that’s just me.

Harrison football is scheduled to begin its season Sept. 16. Ferriero returned in March to the school he coached from 1995-97 after stops at Jersey City’s Lincoln High and Queen of Peace High in North Arlington, N.J.