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

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Nassau County Police (credit: CBS 2)

Nassau County Police (credit: CBS 2)

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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