An off-duty NYPD cop with a history of domestic violence and drunk driving was busted Thursday for hitting a woman with his car then driving away from the scene while boozed up, police said.
Brayan Terrazas, 32, was driving westbound on 34th Avenue in Jackson Heights just before 7 a.m. when he went through a red light at 69th Street and allegedly struck a female pedestrian with his 2011 Nissan Rogue, police said.
Terrazas, who is assigned to the Housing Bureau, then drove away, but not before catching the attention of two men, ages 35 and 52, who followed him and called police, cops said.
Officers pulled her over more than a quarter-of-a-mile away, at 62nd Street and Northern Boulevard.
When the 10-year-veteran of the force got out of his car, he was swaying while he was walking, had watery eyes and reeked of alcohol, police sources said.
Meanwhile, the woman who was struck left the scene before cops or EMS showed up, cops said.
Terrazas was charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving an injury, DWI and driving while ability impaired.
He was previously arrested for drunk driving in 2012, police said. He was also busted twice for domestic violence, including an incident in 2016 when he allegedly slapped his girlfriend while she was holding a 3-month-old infant.
He was suspended without pay following Thursday’s arrest, cops said.
Johannes van der Waals: Some say it was a sixth sense that led the chicken to cross the road. I say it was a sixth power.
Two Beaverton teens were arrested Wednesday after their plans to hot box a boosted car behind a middle school went up in smoke, police said.
The pair, a 15-year-old driver and his 18-year-old accomplice, were smoking marijuana inside a stolen 1995 Toyota Corolla when staff from West Sylvan Middle School confronted them around 11:30 a.m., authorities said.
That caused the teen tokers to take off, police said.
The car sped recklessly across a playing field and nearly mowed down several students before it left the school’s property, said Officer Jeremy Shaw, a Beaverton police spokesman.
School officials contacted police and were able to provide them with the vehicle’s license plate, Shaw said. Officers later located the car and tried to stop it along Southwest Denney Road, according to police.
The suspected scofflaws fled but soon struck a parked car, said Shaw. The teens then tried to bolt on foot and were arrested near Southwest Cynthia Street and 103rd Avenue, authorities said.
Shaw said the 15-year-old driver faces charges of unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, driving under the influence of intoxicants, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, reckless driving, felony and misdemeanor attempts to elude, and reckless endangerment.
His passenger, identified as Sebastian Whitaker-Pendarvis, was booked in the Washington County jail on suspicion of possession of a stolen vehicle and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, according to police.
White River Junction — The State’s Attorney’s Office has decided not to prosecute a 42-year-old Strafford man for driving under the influence of prescription drugs on Route 14 between Sharon and Hartford when he was pulled over in July.
Scott Pixley, who has long taken the antidepressant Effexor, was pulled over when he was running an errand for his parents.
Windsor County State’s Attorney David Cahill told the Valley News this afternoon by email that his office “has declined to prosecute Mr. Pixley for DUI. We do intend to charge him with Negligent Operation based upon the allegation that he crossed the center line of the roadway on several occasions and by several feet.
“This is not a case of a person being prosecuted for driving under the influence of a prescribed medication,” Cahill said.
Valley News columnist Jim Kenyon wrote about Pixley’s case in the Sunday Valley News, prompting an outpouring of support for the Strafford resident.
Ludwig Boltzmann: If you have enough chickens, it is a near certainty that one of them will cross the road.
GREENWICH — A Granville man was jailed late Tuesday on a felony charge for allegedly driving under the influence of drugs, police records show.
Bannon L. Corbett, 46, was arrested following a 9:20 p.m. traffic stop by State Police on Hill Street, the agency’s public information website showed.
He was found to be driving under the influence of drugs and has at least two prior driving while intoxicated or driving while ability impaired by drugs convictions, which elevated the charge filed Tuesday to a felony. He spent nearly 3 years in state prison for a 2009 DWAI-drugs felony conviction as well as an attempted sexual abuse conviction, corrections records show.
Corbett was also charged with a misdemeanor count of criminal possession of a controlled substance for possession of unspecified narcotics.
A motorist who was driving under the influence has been sentenced to 55 years in prison for causing a crash with a church bus that killed 13 people in South Texas last year.
Jack Dillon Young, 21, of Leakey, pleaded no contest in May to 13 counts of intoxication manslaughter and one count of intoxication assault. A Uvalde County judge sentenced him Friday after a three-day sentencing hearing. He had faced up to 270 years behind bars.
The National Transportation Safety Board ruled last month that Young’s use of marijuana and a prescription sedative led to the crash in Concan, about 75 miles west of San Antonio.
Young’s pickup crossed into oncoming traffic on U.S. Highway 83 on March 29, 2017, and crashed head-on into a bus from First Baptist Church of New Braunfels.
The driver and 12 passengers, who were headed home from a choir retreat, died; only one passenger survived. The victims ranged in age from 61 to 87.
Authorities searching Young’s truck found unsmoked and partially smoked marijuana cigarettes, drug paraphernalia, prescription drugs and over-the counter medication.
Toxicology tests later showed that Young had marijuana and the sedative clonazepam — used to treat seizures and panic disorders — in his system at the time of the crash, and he said he had taken twice the prescribed dose, according to the NTSB’s report.
A 14-minute video recorded by a witness showed Young weaving onto the shoulder 37 times, across the center line 19 times and at one time completely onto the wrong side of the road, according to the NTSB.
The footage ends just before the curve where Young’s truck slammed into the bus.
Young reportedly told a witness afterward that he had been texting at the time of the crash.
A summary of the federal agency’s report said Young may have been using his phone but that “this action would not explain the prolonged and continuous erratic driving behavior seen in the witness video recording leading up to the crash.”
Defense attorney Rogelio Munoz argued doctors hadn’t monitored Young’s medication use properly and asked the jury for mercy.
His relatives testified that their family was plagued by drug and alcohol abuse.
Young told the judge that he had self-medicated with alcohol and marijuana and contemplated killing himself after being sexually abused as a child.
“You can never get the feeling of dirtiness off of you,” he said.
He also told relatives of the victims that he wished he hadn’t caused them such pain.
“They were beautiful people, beautiful families, and I wish every day that it was me” who died, he said.