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Ex NYPD officer facing DWI, resisting arrest charges

New York drivers who fail to comply with traffic laws may have to face the consequences. When an ex-police officer allegedly tried to evade police officers, he was charged with DWI and a number of other serious offenses. The man was one of the notorious corrupt NYPD officers, called the "Dirty 30," who served a year in jail in 1995 on extortion charges. The recent arrest occurred in the Town of Fishkill on St. Patrick's Day.

The MTA reported that an alarmed motorist stopped one of its officers to report the alleged dangerous driving of another driver, said to be in a red pickup. Authorities say they subsequently located the vehicle, and it was waiting to turn onto Interstate 84 west. The driver allegedly failed to comply with the officer's instruction to turn the vehicle's ignition off. The officer claims that he reached inside the vehicle, but the driver began driving away. Reportedly, the officer's sleeve was caught in the vehicle's door, and he says that he sought to free himself by smashing the vehicle's window with his baton.

The pickup truck was pursued for a short distance at what was characterized as a low-speed chase on the Interstate. The driver of the pickup was arrested when the pursuit ended in the parking area of a nearby restaurant. He is now facing charges that include second-degree assault (a felony), DWI and resisting arrest. No supporting information for the DWI accusation was reported,

New York residents facing felony charges may want to focus on the specifics of the formal accusations. Prosecutors must prove each element of any crime charged, including DWI, before any conviction may be secured. Any evidence offered in support of the charges must be relevant and competent, and the accused individual will have every reasonable opportunity to challenge the evidence and confront witnesses against him in the courtroom. If it appears to be in his best interests, this man may also seek to explore the possibility of entering into a plea agreement with prosecutors as a means of limiting the potential consequences that could come following any conviction obtained after a trial.

Source: poughkeepsiejournal.com, Disgraced ex-cop was drunk when he tried to avoid arrest John Ferro, March 19, 2014

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