Questions Arise Over Handling Of NY Cop Suspected Of DWI

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The NYPD is investigating the handling of a suspected DWI incident.

Officer Rafael Casiano, who works in the East Village as a housing cop, was driving on the Bronx River Parkway early Friday  morning when he lost control of his personal vehicle, hit a divider and flipped over. He suffered back injuries but his passenger, who happened to be his partner, Keith Paul, suffered serious head injuries.

When police arrived at the scene Casiano admitted that he had been drinking, however a breathalyzer test was not administered until 1 p.m. It showed his blood-alcohol level was between .032 and .029 well below the .08 limit.

Despite the delay, internal affairs investigators, “after interviewing EMT and medical staff and obtaining a warrant for the subject’s blood, made the determination that he was unfit for duty, arrested him for DWI and suspended him,” Browne said.

The NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau “is investigating why there was an inordinate delay in it being notified after an off-duty member of the service was involved in a one-car accident,” spokesman Paul Browne said.

Casiano was arraigned Friday night on charges of DWI and vehicular assault and freed on $5,000 bail. The name of his lawyer was not immediately available.

What do you think of police officers allegedly breaking the law in their off time? Let us know in the comments section below…

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  • mj

    wow !!! the cop got a break from his “HERO BROTHERS” IN THE ACT OF COMMITING A CRIME i’m shocked , shocked i tell you

  • looking for justice

    What time did the accident happen? “Early morning” What does that mean? 5am 6am 7am 8am? I don’t know. Is someone on duty trained to give the test? Is the equipment in working order? A police officer is always painted with a different brush. A field test is sometimes given at the scene but the real test is given at some pct. Its filmed and recorded by a trained highway cop, everyone knows that.

  • BigApple

    Cops breaking the law in their time off is not so shocking (depending on the crime) as c ops are people too. (keep in mind the recent rape case perpetrated by an officer on duty and in uniform…that is much more shocking, as is his partner’s collusion and the attempted cover-up). In this case the shocking part is fellow officers trying to cover it up by letting so much time pass. This kind of activity just feeds the distrust of law enforcement that many people already harbor. Those who aided is this delay and potential cover-up should also have disciplinary actions brought against them.

    • Looking for justice

      The Officers were acquitted of rape and found guilty of official misconduct. The liberal news papers and such also paint a different picture. Let the facts speak for themselves. There are many reasons there could have been a delay in giving the test. Lets see what happens and go from there.

      • BigApple

        Unless you are directly involved in the case, and privy to the details, the average person will never know the ‘facts’. There are only ripples of truth and media distortions. Everyone does know that a breath test is usually given immediately, on the scene. Or asap at the hospital if injuries are suspected (which wasn’t the case here). So a good reason a test is delayed, especially for such a long period of time, is to give a fellow co-worker time to have the alcohol metabolize out of the system. Eight hours is the perfect amount of time to metabolize from about a .12 (way over the limit) to a .03, for the average size person. Now that IS a fact.

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