NYPD Police Sergeant JOSEPH SPIEKERMAN, has been ndicted on felony charges of assault and vehicular assault

Manhattan District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau announced today the indictment of a New York City police officer in connection with a motor vehicle incident that left an elderly man seriously injured.

The defendant is Police Sergeant JOSEPH SPIEKERMAN, 43. He joined the New York City Police Department in 1994 and is currently suspended from his regular duties at the Housing Bureau Public Service Area 4 in the Bronx. He was indicted on felony charges of assault and vehicular assault.

The investigation leading to today’s indictment revealed that SPIEKERMAN, who worked the 4 p.m. to midnight shift on June 28, 2009, went to a bar at York Avenue and 85th Street in Manhattan after work. He drank at the bar until approximately 6:30 a.m. when he left, got into his car, and began to drive uptown on York Avenue. He accelerated in an attempt to beat the light at 86th Street, but the light turned red well before he entered the intersection. SPIEKERMAN struck a 68-year-old man who was crossing York Avenue at the time. The defendant did not brake or make any significant attempt to avoid the victim, who was struck head-on and on the left side of his body.

The victim was taken to New York Hospital with numerous injuries to his legs, ribs, neck, spleen and head. He is currently still in a rehabilitation hospital, confined to a wheelchair, with minimal ability to walk with a walker.

The investigation further revealed that SPIEKERMAN stopped his car immediately following the accident, stayed at the scene and made attempts to assist the victim. He admitted to responding police officers that he had been drinking. However, he gave false statements about where he had been drinking and where he worked. He also refused to take a breathalyzer test at the scene. A court order was obtained for his blood, which showed a .11 blood alcohol level. The blood was drawn approximately six hours after the incident, which would translate to a blood alcohol reading of approximately .18 at the time of the incident.

SPIEKERMAN was indicted on one count of Assault in the Second Degree, a class D felony, which is punishable by up to 2 1/3 to 7 years in state prison; and two counts of Vehicular Assault in the Second Degree, a class E felony, which is punishable by up to 1 1/3 to 4 years in state prison. He is scheduled to be arraigned today in State Supreme Court, Part 1.

Mr. Morgenthau thanked members of the Internal Affairs Bureau of the New York City Police Department for their assistance in the investigation.

Assistant District Attorneys David G. Drucker and Tiana L. Walton are handling the prosecution of this case.

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