New York police officer arrested and charged with DWI.

When someone hears that a person was arrested on a DWI or suspicion of a DWI, the image that may come to mind is often different from the reality. Many assume that people who are accused of driving while intoxicated are irresponsible people who do nothing but party. This is not always the case, and one New York police officer may now be able to relate to the stigma of being accused of a DWI.

The police officer, who was off-duty, was recently arrested and charged with a DWI and leaving the scene of an accident. Just minutes before midnight, the police officer allegedly got into a car accident and left the scene. No details have been released yet about the accident, or why it happened.

The police officer was later found and arrested. He now faces a number of charges related to this accident and leaving the scene. He was charged with reckless driving, DWI and leaving the scene of an accident. Reportedly, he refused to submit to a Breathalyzer test.

As a result of the officer refusing the Breathalyzer test, his New York driver's license is likely subject to suspension under the law. This alone could negatively impact his career as a police officer, though the apparent lack of a breath test may make it more difficult for prosecutors to prove the DWI charge beyond a reasonable doubt. Because the accused man is a police officer, both his career and his freedom hang in the balance. While law enforcement officers are generally held to a higher standard because of their public employment, this individual is fully entitled to the same legal protections that apply to anyone accused of a crime in our state. Nevertheless, the seriousness of the charges mandate that his rights are carefully preserved as he defends against the formal accusations and fights for a favorable result.

Source: CBS New York, "Off-duty NYPD officer accused of DWI In Brooklyn", , April 7, 2014

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