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Intoxicated Off-Duty Cop Crashed Car and Assaulted Witness, Police Say

Police say a drunk, off-duty NYPD officer crashed his vehicle and punched a witness before attempting to flee the scene.

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An off-duty officer with the New York Police Department (NYPD) was drunk when he crashed his car and punched a witness before attempting to flee the scene, police said Tuesday.

Tanvir Ahmed, a 28-year-old police officer who has been with the department for two years, was arrested Monday roughly half a mile away from where the incident occurred, according to WPIX. Even after being apprehended by police, he allegedly would not take a breathalyzer test. Ahmed faces multiple charges, including "assault, driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of an accident and refusal to take a breath test," the New York Post reported.

Video footage posted to Twitter on Tuesday by New York City Alerts appears to show the incident unfold. The video's narrator follows a vehicle with an NYPD placard on its dashboard, which then crashes into another car. After being approached by a witness, the driver of the car attempts to flee the scene, but is eventually caught.

"Wow you're a fucking cop?" the video's narrator asks incredulously when he sees the NYPD placard. "Holy shit he's a 67 [Precinct] cop!"

According to the New York Daily News, Ahmed was the third NYPD cop to be arrested within 24 hours. Another officer, traffic agent Jean Denard, allegedly slapped and choked his wife, while fellow traffic agent Dawn Gordon has been accused of buying drugs.

Police officers who commit offenses like these should be held accountable for their actions, but that doesn't always happen, especially within the NYPD. In fact, internal discipline records obtained by BuzzFeed News, the contents of which were revealed to the public in March, revealed that least 319 NYPD officers remained on active duty despite being found responsible for termination-worthy misconduct.

According to those records, 38 of those officers were found guilty of excessive force, fighting, or unnecessarily firing service weapons remain on duty. Another 71 officers were found guilty of wrongfully dismissing charges as a favor (so-called "ticket fixing."), 57 were found guilty of driving under the influence, and at least two were found guilty of sexual misdeeds.

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  • Aresen||

    The police investigation report said that "All proper procedures were followed."

  • Hank Phillips||

    The exact technical term is First Responder™ Report.

  • Jerryskids||

    Even after being apprehended by police, he allegedly would not take a breathalyzer test. Ahmed faces multiple charges, including "assault, driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of an accident and refusal to take a breath test," the New York Post reported.

    Don't union rules stipulate that cops have 72 hours to get their shit together before they can be interviewed or examined subsequent to an arrest? I wouldn't bet against the arrest being just for show since there's multiple witnesses and somewhere down the road all the charges being dropped because proper procedure as per union rules wasn't followed.

  • sarcasmic||

    Different jobs come with different perks.

    Work in a restaurant and you get food and booze for cheap or free.

    Work for an airline and likewise for travel.

    Work in law enforcement and you can break the law with impunity.

  • Rich||

    Ahmed faces multiple charges, including

    SINNING AGAINST ISLAM, right? RIGHT?!

  • majil||

    You give up that right when you agree to get a driver's license , The small print is a bitch .You can refuse all you want ,but it will result in a longer suspension of your license .Driving is a privilege , not a right . But then NY does not respect the 2nd amendment that is a Right to Bear Arms so NY is full of pansies anyways

  • This Machine Chips Fascists||

    You don't refuse the test. You don't understand the instructions. Learned that from my congressman.

  • Flinch||

    Sounds like NYPD thinks departmental policy supercedes the constitution, so maybe it's a little window into the mind of Deblasio? The cop knows better - anything wilfully submitted is effectively a confession: make law enforcement jump through their hoops and maybe they screw up process somewhere. The 5th shelters all from being coerced into making the governments case for them. If a toxicology was ordered by a judge... is he better off violating a court order or cooperating? I'm not familiar with NY law, so maybe the former is preferable. A DUI conviction is rather expensive when you throw in jacked up insurance rates and his choice could have just been the money talking.

  • DajjaI||

    Just reduce the ranks of law enforcement by the number of its members who commit crimes like this. Eventually the problem will take care of itself.

  • Deconstructed Potato||

    I think I may know what happened. His buddy got some magic hallucinogens out of evidence, spiked his coffee, and left him a note that read,

    "NONE OF THIS IS REAL. YOU ARE INSIDE GRAND THEFT AUTO®. THERE ARE NO CONSEQUENCES."

    And thus, the most hilarious workplace prank of 2018 so far was born. Gj.

  • majil||

    His union will get him off on all the charges.He will end up with juts apdi vacation .
    FTP,Fry'em like Bacon

  • Sevo||

    6 month paid vacation for him!

  • This Machine Chips Fascists||

    Where is the assault with a deadly weapon charge? That citizen had his hands on the car when the cop/perp drove off. Although the citizen in did not appear to be fearing for his life, in copworld a mag dump at the fleeing vehicle would have been reasonable and justified.

  • Hank Phillips||

    It is when Trooper Tippett says it is. Just ask his girlfriend Solicitor Chrissy Adams. First Responders have to stand above the law to stomp it down your throats. That's how Iron Heel fascism operates.

  • IceTrey||

    Now that he has shown himself to be a complete sociopath he will be getting a promotion.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Another officer, traffic agent Jean Denard, allegedly slapped and choked his wife...

    That's suddenly no longer a carve out for law enforcement?

  • Rock Lobster||

    Remember kids:

    Drinking and driving while cop don't mix.

  • Longtobefree||

    And never forget to scan the area for cell phones in the camera position. You need to shoot those guys in the lens.

  • Eddy||

    With the same precision and accuracy with which he was operating the car?

  • macsnafu||

    Holy Carp! Cops are human, too! Who knew?

  • Juice||

    Human, yes, technically, but closer to gods that us mere mundanes.

  • markm23||

    Ahmed was the third NYPD cop to be arrested within 24 hours. Another officer, traffic agent Jean Denard, allegedly slapped and choked his wife, while fellow traffic agent Dawn Gordon has been accused of buying drugs.

    That's an interesting range of ethnic names. How many of these three criminal cops are immigrants?

  • Agammamon||

    None of them.

  • Agammamon||

    And all of them.

  • Agammamon||

    At the same time.

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