An off-duty NYPD officer was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence during the storm that was expected to be a historic blizzard Monday night. According to the Washington Times, Joseph Mcauliffe was arrested after he crashed into another vehicle around 10pm.
In the United States, driving under the influence refers to operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level of 0.08% or more. The arrest was made after the officer crashed into a car at East 58th Street and Kings Highway in East Flatbush and the 67th Precinct in Brooklyn, dnainfo.com reports.
It is unknown whether or not 56-year-old Mcauliffe, a 30-year veteran of NYPD, had been on duty just before the accident. No one was injured in the incident.
The arrest occurred just before all mass transit stopped in NYC, including the Port Authority and the MTA. Governor Cuomo also instituted a travel ban in 11 counties that began a little less than an hour after Mcauliffe’s arrest.
This isn’t the only recent alleged misbehavior of NYPD officers. Just a few weeks ago a security tape revealed an officer riding atop the hood of a police cruiser in Brooklyn when he was suddenly thrown from the vehicle. The officer suffered a head injury and the officers are expected to be written up on departmental charges.
Mcauliffe’s arraignment was delayed due to the storm, but was expected to occur during the final week of January.