An NYPD officer was arrested for driving while intoxicated after responding to a noise complaint, the Bronx district attorney said on Thursday.
Officer Richard Evans, 44, was charged with official misconduct, two counts of DWI and two counts of the lesser charge, DWAI, which is a traffic infraction in New York and has a lower blood alcohol threshold.
“The defendant was allegedly intoxicated while driving a patrol car to and from the scene of a complaint,” Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark said. “Such irresponsible behavior is dangerous to the community he swore to protect, and will not be tolerated.”
Evans was arraigned on Thursday and released. He is due back in court on March 7. If convicted on the top charge, Evans faces up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Clark’s office said Evans and his partner were responding to a noise complaint on Webster Avenue near East 203rd Street on Dec. 8, 2016. Someone at the scene called 911 and reported that Evans appeared to be drunk. Another person took a video in which Evans is slurring his words, the DA said.
After driving back to his stationhouse, two NYPD sergeants and a captain found him unfit to perform his duties, according to the DA.