Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Officer Roniel Dilone Charged with Drunk Driving

Another NYPD officer has been charged with boozing behind the wheel after he smashed his car in the Bronx, badly injuring his passenger.

Officer Roniel Dilone, who was off-duty at the time, told an EMT at the scene that he had four beers before the crash early Sunday, according to court papers.

He refused to take a Breathalyzer test. His blood was drawn after cops got a warrant, and results are pending.

The 27-year-old cop, who has been on the force for four years, was driving in Throgs Neck when he smashed his Nissan Altima into a parked Subaru - sending it into a tree before his car jumped the curb, court papers said.

He was not badly injured, but his passenger, Allan Reyes, suffered a fractured leg and shoulder and badly bruised his ribs.

Dilone had "a flushed face and bloodshot, watery eyes," according to court papers.

"I was driving, then the next thing, I heard my passenger screaming that he thinks his leg is broken," Dilone told police at the scene.

Dilone was charged with vehicular assault and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.

The NYPD - which did not make the accident public, as normally happens when an officer faces a serious charge - suspended Dilone without pay.

Dilone, who is assigned to the 28th Precinct, was released without bail at his arraignment. He refused to open the door at his Parkchester home yesterday.

"I can't say anything," he said.

His lawyer did not respond to a request for comment.

The NYPD has been plagued by a recent rash of cops busted for drunken driving.

Two weeks ago, off-duty Officer Raphael Ospina plowed his Chrysler into a garbage truck in midtown, flipped over and smacked into Tiffany's, according to authorities. Ospina broke three ribs, and two friends in the car were also hurt.

In November, off-duty Detective Kevin Spellman was charged with running down and killing a Bronx grandmother after drinking at a nearby bar. And in September, Officer Andrew Kelly was charged in Brooklyn with killing a preacher's daughter while driving drunk.

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