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Thursday, March 6, 2008

New York City cop charged with driving intoxicated after Yonkers crash

The Journal News by WIll David March 3, 2008 (

YONKERS - A 27-year-old New York City police officer was accused of driving under the influence of alcohol after he crashed his car into another car backing out of a Yonkers driveway.

Investigators said Police Officer Robert N. Foley, who was off-duty at the time of the accident, was unsteady on his feet, swaying from side to side, had glassy red eyes, a strong odor of alcohol on his breath and slurred speech when Yonkers police arrived.

Foley also had trouble taking his wallet out to show Yonkers police his identification after the accident at 6:43 a.m. Saturday, police said.

The man whose car was hit was backing out of his Kimball Avenue driveway when he noticed Foley's green Ford Explorer coming toward him, he told police. Foley's car crashed into the man's vehicle, driving it it into a parked car, investigators said.

The 70-year-old Kimball Avenue resident was taken to St. Joseph's Medical Center by ambulance. His condition is not believed to be life-threatening, police said.

Police Lt. Diane Hessler said Foley refused a breath test and - because he appeared intoxicated - he was charged with operating a vehicle while in an intoxicated condition and refusing to submit to a chemical test, misdemeanors.

The New York Police Department was notified about the accident and Foley's arrest, Hessler said.

The department did not respond to inquiries about whether Foley had been suspended following the accident.

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