An off-duty New York State trooper was arrested Sunday after he allegedly slammed into the back of a marked state police car while allegedly drunk behind the wheel on the Southern State Parkway, authorities said.
Brendan Murphy, 28, of the Bronx, was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of a personal injury auto accident, authorities said. He was released from custody Sunday and will appear in court on Aug. 4. Murphy could not be reached for comment.
New York State Police said a trooper assigned to the Valley Stream Barracks was stopped on the right shoulder of the Southern State Parkway around 4:30 a.m. Sunday when Murphy’s Honda barreled into the back of the marked patrol car. The trooper went to question Murphy and then returned to his police cruiser to call for backup, a news release said. Police said Murphy then tried to take off eastbound along the Southern State – and made it about 200 feet – before he was pulled over by the same trooper he had allegedly hit.
Police said the trooper “detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage” while interviewing Murphy. The off-duty cop also allegedly failed field sobriety tests at the scene. Tests later showed he had a blood-alcohol-content of .21 percent, nearly three times the legal limit, according to a police news release.
Cops said the trooper who was stuck suffered a minor back injury and was taken to a Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Center. The law enforcement officer was treated and released. Police did not identify the trooper involved.
In a statement, police said Murphy was assigned to the State Police’s Troop F, which is headquartered in Middletown, NY. Officials said he has been “suspended from duty.” A spokeswoman for the agency did not immediately respond to a request for comment.