Questions arise after Bronx cop accused of drunk driving car accident
An alleged drunk driving accident in the Bronx is making national headlines. The majority of the stories are focusing on the apparent long delay that law enforcement took before measuring the alleged drunk driver’s blood alcohol concentration after the Friday morning crash.
The alleged alcohol-related car accident left a passenger severely injured. Sources say doctors placed the passenger in a medically induced coma after the accident. Sources say the passenger, who sustained head and liver trauma, was awake and talking Saturday at Jacobi Hospital.
The driver accused of crashing his car on the Bronx River Parkway reportedly is a Bronx cop. The police officer was off duty at the time of the accident, which left his partner with personal injuries, according to news reports. Authorities say the off-duty cop was driving his personal vehicle when the car skidded on the rain-slicked Bronx River Parkway. The car slammed into a divider and flipped over in the alleged drunk driving car accident.
Sources say that law enforcement waited nearly nine hours before performing a blood alcohol test on the driver. Apparently the Internal Affairs Bureau is opening up an investigation into the delay in taking the alcohol test after the injury accident.
Investigators at the car accident scene say the driver smelled of alcohol and admitted to having consumed a few drinks before the 4:36 a.m. car accident. The cop and his partner were reportedly celebrating at a precinct holiday party before the early morning crash. The driver faces DWI charges, despite the blood alcohol readings of 0.032 and 0.029 percent, which were taken nearly nine hours after the accident.