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Drunk police officer shoots his friend and drives him to hospital

By Mason White 11:12 AM December 5, 2014
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By: Mahesh Sarin
A police officer was arrested, charged and convicted of assault after shooting his friend and driving drunk, prosecutors in New York said.

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said that former New York City Police Detective Jay Poggi, 57, was sentenced after pleading guilty to operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and reckless assault.

Poggi appeared before Queens Criminal Court Judge Ernest Hart, who sentenced the defendant to participate in a Victim Impact Panel, have an ignition interlock device placed on any vehicles registered in his name and pay a $500 fine.

The defendant had already completed an intensive 12-week alcohol treatment program that was also a required part of his plea bargain agreement.

The defendant’s driving privileges have been suspended. The defendant pleaded guilty to Operating a Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence of Alcohol and third-degree assault.

According to the police investigation, Poggi was involved in an incident, during which the defendant took out his Smith and Wesson revolver and while showing the weapon’s hammer to his partner, Detective Matthew Sullivan, the weapon discharged, causing Detective Sullivan to sustain a gunshot wound to his right wrist.

Poggi then drove Detective Sullivan to Jamaica Hospital. While at the hospital, Poggi was observed to have bloodshot eyes.

A field sobriety test administered to the defendant resulted in a .113 percent blood alcohol content reading – above the legal limit of .08 percent.

Poggi later refused to submit to a Breathalyzer test at the 112th Precinct.

Based on the recommendation of the Office of the NYPD Trial Commissioner that Poggi be terminated, Police Commissioner William J. Bratton signed an order of dismissal for Detective Poggi.