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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Nassau police officer charged in 2007 DWI

Newsday bY SOPHIA CHANG - - April 16, 2008

A Nassau County police officer was arrested Wednesday on charges of driving while intoxicated and third-degree assault in connection with a 2007 car accident that happened when he was off-duty, police said Wednesday. Officer Robert Jones, 41, of Huntington, was arraigned in First District Court in Hempstead yesterday. He posted bail of $500 cash and is due back in court on Friday. "I feel that Robert Jones will be vindicated," said his lawyer Robert Brunetti of Garden City. "He's definitely not guilty -- -- one hundred percent not guilty."

Around 5:35 a.m. on April 29, 2007, Jones was driving a Mini Cooper northbound on Main Street near Old Northern Boulevard in Roslyn when he veered out of his lane and struck a parked Jeep Cherokee, according to authorities and court documents. According to court documents, a woman sitting inside the Jeep was hospitalized overnight, suffering injuries to her head, neck and lower back. Calls placed to a listed number for the woman were not returned Wednesday. Neither Brunetti nor police commented on why Jones was arrested nearly a year after the accident.

Jones, a 13-year veteran assigned to the Sixth Precinct in Manhasset, has been suspended for 30 days without pay, said police spokesman Det. Vincent Garcia. He faces up to a year in jail if convicted. The Nassau Police Benevolent Association declined to comment on the case Wednesday, as did the department's Internal Affairs Unit.

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