Off-duty NYPD officer busted for drunk driving on Long Island, dad works in commissioner's office

  • In US
  • 2022-08-15 20:16:00Z
  • By NY Daily News

An NYPD officer whose father works in the police commissioner's office has been busted for driving drunk on Long Island.

Officer James McAuliffe was arrested in Babylon early June 27, NYPD officials said.

The NYPD, which only publicizes arrests of cops busted in New York City, said McAuliffe - assigned to the Collision Investigation Squad - was suspended after his arrest and is now on modified duty, without his gun and shield, working a desk assignment in the Detective Bureau.

According to court papers in Suffolk County, McAuliffe was stopped about 4:30 a.m. after his Toyota Tacoma pick-up truck hit a median on the Southern State Parkway.

According to court papers, McAuliffe told a responding officer he was cut off and lost control. Though he said he'd had one beer about 1 a.m., his breath smelled of booze, his speech was slurred, his eyes were bloodshot and his gait was unsteady, the court papers showed.

He's been charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.

Neither McAuliffe nor his lawyer responded to a request for comment.

The officer's father is Lt. Denis McAuliffe, an administrative lieutenant assigned to Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell's office.

In 2015, a month before the younger McAuliffe joined the NYPD, a federal jury awarded $325,000 to Officer Augustina Blau, who claimed in a lawsuit that Lt. McAuliffe sexually harassed her, was obsessed over the color of her "granny panties" and retaliated against her after she refused to sleep with him.

Jurors rejected the retaliation claims, but determined Balu was subjected to a hostile work environment and ordered the lieutenant to pay $25,000 in punitive damages on top of the six-figure judgment against the city.

The elder McAuliffe had denied all the allegations against him, including that he couldn't remember if he ever referred to the NYPD Transit Bureau as a "sex fest," or if he slept with more than 10 female subordinates.


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