A NYPD homicide detective has been arrested for a DWI following a car accident on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.
James Nash, 53, works for the Brooklyn South Homicide Squad. He got into a fender bender on West Fourth Street near Ave P in Gravesend at around 5:15 pm.
Police arrived to the scene and suspected Nash to be under the influence. Officers brought him into the 62nd Precinct station house. While at the station, Nash refused to take a breathalyzer test.
In many states, refusing a breathalyzer test can result in additional charges and the automatic suspension of your license.
Nash was later charged with a DWI as well as a breath test refusal charge. He was released on his own recognizance at his arraignment.
Many people who work in law enforcement receive suspensions from their positions, in addition to the criminal penalties they face after a being arrested for a DWI. The consequences for a DWI include possible jail time, a license suspension, expensive fines and community service.
Many DWI offenders are also required to attend alcohol education classes or install an ignition interlock. Ignition interlocks are devices that DWI offenders plug into their vehicles that detect if there is alcohol in their system. Drivers must blow into the device in order to start their car.
‘NY Daily News’ states that Nash’s arrest is one of many DWI arrests involving off-duty cops. Last month Detective Jay Poggi was arrested for a DWI. He also accidentally shot his partner in the wrist while under the influence. In addition to criminal charges, Police Commission Bill Bratton fired Poggi from his position.
Source: NY Daily News