Many New York residents were probably shocked and saddened to hear about the recent accident that ended in a police officer and a civilian being killed when an off-duty police officer drove the wrong way up the West Shore Expressway. More details about the driver in that case are coming to light.
As it turns out, this isn’t the off-duty police officer’s first run in with being accused of drunk driving. The officer was arrested on a driving under the influence charge in 2011 when he ran into a supermarket. That charged didn’t net the officer any citations or violations.
The next incident was 13 months later when he was charged with DUI. In that case, his license was suspended. It was reinstated in October of 2013 and the man had to use an ignition interlock device. That device was removed in September of 2014.
In the most current incident, the off-duty cop had an accident that claimed the life of a fellow officer and a civilian. The off-duty officer and another fellow officer were both injured. They are hospitalized because of those injuries. Their status is critical but stable.
While the prosecutor’s office won’t confirm or deny that they are investigating, it is important for this man to be properly prepared if he ends up facing charges. If charges are placed against him, he should be ready to fight against those charges. This means working on building a strong defense and going through all plea options so that he can choose the options that make him feel the most comfortable.
Source: ABC News, “Officer in Wrong-Way NY Crash Had 2 Drunken-Driving Arrests,” David Porter, March. 26, 2015