An off-duty New York City police officer was arrested this past weekend and charged with driving under the influence on the streets of Bay Ridge, according to CBS 2.
Officer Lester Sanchez, 29, was arrested early Saturday at 4:53 a.m. in the confines of the 68th Precinct, which includes Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights.
Sanchez was reportedly charged with driving while intoxicated, refusing to take a breathalyzer test, and reckless endangerment.
This arrest arrives on the heels of several high profile and heart-breaking fatal crashes – including one involving an on-duty NYPD officer, and as police officials respond to widespread public outcry by announcing a series of sweeping changes to crash investigations.
The New York State Senate has also recently approved legislation, sponsored by retired NYPD officer and State Senator Marty Golden, that would stiffen punishments for drivers who flee the scene of accidents which result in property damage, serious injury, or death.