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Long Island Highway Patrol Officer Joseph Lynch’s DWI Arrests Under Review

MINEOLA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Prosecutors were reviewing at least 13 new drunken driving arrests by a Long Island highway patrol officer who they say was previously disciplined for making similar charges without probable cause.

Newsday reported that the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office also was looking at cases where Officer Joseph Lynch testified at trial.

Lynch was assigned to desk duty in 2005 after the DA’s office said its investigation found he was stopping cars without reasonable cause in order to catch drunken drivers.

He was restored to regular duty in 2008 after the DA found there wasn’t sufficient evidence to prosecute him.

It was not immediately clear if Lynch had a lawyer.

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  • Betty K

    Seems to me that he is being tried in the media. Let all the facts come forward first before passing judgement. Everyone is screaming about all the drunk drivers on the roads. Just maybe, he saved your life one night.

  • Bob S

    There are bad cops like there are bad priests and rubber room teachers; nothing we can do about that. But shame on the Nassau Police for “retraining” him and putting him back on the street to do it again. Same as reassigning the sexual predator priests to different parishes to cover it up.

  • John Q

    I know Joe personally and he’d arrest his own mother.

  • George Clymer

    Until drunk drivers are jailed for years even without s wreck, the slaughter will not end. This guy was just conducting an indiscriminate rolling checkpoint similar to the ones police routinely set up on entrance ramps. NO EVIDENCE anyone innocent was convicted and may ll those who were guilty of DUI rot in hell… if only there were one..

  • Daniel P.

    If a single innocent person was convicted because of this crooked cop, the cop should be locked up for life and you should throw away the key.

    • George Clymer

      We’re all surprised you can type while so hungover.

  • Marcus

    Frankly, I don’t care how they get drunk drivers off the road. Just get them the f–k off before someone else gets killed.

    • Your Mom

      I agree with you Marcus. Daniel P. maybe you could define crooked? Its an investigation, innocent until proven guilty. If I were someone who made assumptions, which I’m not, I’d say you get pulled over A LOT.

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