New York, NY- A veteran NYPD officer has been charged with driving under the influence after he accidentally shot his partner and drove him to the emergency room after having drinks at two different restaurants.
Early Thursday morning Detective Jay Poggi, 58, and his partner, Matthew Sullivan, checked out of their precinct and headed to Far Rockaway to investigate and armed robbery, the New York Daily News reported. During their travels, the two officers stopped off two different places to have some drinks.
Around 1:30 a.m. just 30 minutes after Poggi’s shift ended the two men got into their unmarked patrol car to go home with Poggi behind the wheel. But before driving away, the veteran officer wanted to show off his handgun, an older Smith & Wesson .38 caliber.
While Poggi was trying to the show of the hammer, the gun accidentally discharged and shot Sullivan in the right wrist. A drunken Poggi rushed his partner to the hospital where he underwent surgery. As of Thursday morning, Sullivan was in good condition.
An officer who showed up at the office noticed that Poggi had bloodshot eyes and the smell of alcohol on his breath. CBS News reported that Poggi, who was due to retire in a few weeks, refused to submit to a sobriety test. However he eventually relented and the results of a breath test showed his blood alcohol content was .113 at 3:00 a.m. There is a possibility his BAC was much higher when he actually drove his partner to the hospital.
Poggi has been charged with driving under the influence and had to surrender his driver’s license on Thursday. He was released without bail. His court date is scheduled for June 15th and to make matters worse he could be forced to retire early.
This is great example of why it’s foolish to drive and play with guns when a person has too many drinks. Poggi is lucky his partner’s accidental shooting was not fatal. As for his DUI, he has just jeopardized his retirement and is convicted of the DUI charge; he will have a mark on his record.
A DUI isn’t the end of the world, but this charge can wreak havoc on a person’s life. A conviction almost always results in a license suspension, jail time in some rare instances and participation in an alcohol assessment or treatment program. The biggest kicker is the cost, between the DUI attorney fees, fines and penalties, a DUI conviction can cost upwards of $10K.
While Poggi doesn’t have to worry about his career since was planning on retiring, other police officers do. There are some forces that are willing to hire or keep an officer who has been convicted of drunken driving, but that isn’t always the case. And it isn’t just police officers who have worry about the effect a DUI will have on their career, many employers screen potential hires for any criminal charges so it’s always best to hire a DUI attorney and fight conviction.