Like most New York residents, off-duty police officers often enjoy socializing or going out for dinner or a few drinks when they have free time. One patrolman recently wound up facing several legal problems when he got arrested after sleeping in his car. He has been charged with DUI and will now be given the opportunity to defend himself in court.
Authorities claim other police officers found the off-duty cop sleeping in his vehicle on the side of the road. They also say the vehicle’s engine was running at the time. At some point, those investigating the situation asked the awakened policeman to take a Breathalyzer test, which he supposedly refused to do.
Police made an arrest and charged the man with DUI. He is also reportedly facing legal problems associated with his alleged Breathalyzer refusal. At some point, a chemical test appears to have been administered, however, because the charges against him state that he was operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content of .08.
Just because New York police arrest someone on suspicion of DUI does not necessarily mean the court will hand down a conviction. Especially if an arresting officer violates a defendant’s rights, there are often options available to challenge evidence or request a dismissal of all charges. It is generally a lot easier to navigate the criminal justice system if a person facing charges does so alongside experienced legal representation. A defendant may request defense assistance as soon as he or she is detained.
Source: nydailynews.com, “Drunk-driving cop falls asleep on side of Queens highway“, Graham Rayman, March 27, 2018