People usually expect police officers to uphold the law at all times, even when they are off duty. What some people don’t tend to remember is that police officers are only human and make mistakes just like everyone else. One New York Police Department officer is accused of making a series of bad decisions that led to him facing drunk driving charges and having his license revoked.
The 30-year-old officer was allegedly drunk when he was arrested only minutes prior to midnight on a Sunday night in Brooklyn. Court reports allege that the 7-year police veteran was driving erratically before hitting a car. He reportedly made a U-turn and then ran into another car. He then drove away. He then drove through a traffic stop at which time officers were said to have had to jump out of his way.
Both of the cars the man ran into were occupied. The occupants were injured in the accident.
Once he was stopped, the officer refused to take a breath test. He has been charged for that, as well as reckless driving, DWI and leaving the scene of an accident. He was released without having to post bail.
This NYPD officer apparently made a series of bad choices that might have a lasting effect on his life. Before he answers to the charges against him, he must make sure that he fully understands the penalties of a potential conviction. Seeking the assistance of someone familiar with defending against these charges might help him to make decisions about how he can offer the best defense against these serious charges.
Source: New York Post, “NYPD officer arrested for driving drunk, smashing into cars in Brooklyn: cops” Kerry Burke and Oren Vaniv, Apr. 08, 2014