New York residents lately have seen an increase in efforts to stamp out pedestrian deaths. This includes the creation of designated slow zones where speed limits have been lowered, the installation of red light cameras near certain schools, specific speed detection crackdowns and more. Drivers who are suspected of driving while intoxicated are also often the subject of additional efforts by law enforcement.
Sometimes, however, it can be members of law enforcement themselves that are arrested for drunk driving. In the past few months, four different officers have been arrested for incidents involving suspected alcohol use. It started in April when a 58-year old officer was allegedly showing his gun to his partner while on duty. In the process, the gun fired and struck the partner in the wrist. The first officer drove his partner to the hospital and was charged with a DUI. Also in April, a 27-year old off-duty officer was involved in a shooting in Sheepshead Bay. Reports indicate that alcohol was believed to be involved.
In May, a 53-year old detective with the NYPD’s homicide unit was arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated after a collision in Brooklyn. He was not on duty at the time of the arrest. Most recently, a 43-year old officer who is part of the force in Brooklyn was arrested in the early morning hours on a Saturday for suspected drunk driving on Staten Island following an accident.
It is clear that anyone can be the subject of an arrest for DUI, DWI or DWAI. All defendants should remember that a proper defense is their right. Talking to a private attorney can sometimes offer help to people facing these situations.
Source: AM New York, “NYPD: Detective was driving drunk in Staten Island,” Alison Fox, June 8, 2014