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

An NYPD officer whose father works in the police commissioner's office has been arrested for drunk driving on Long Island.
Officer James McAuliffe was arrested in Babylon early June 27, NYPD officials said.
The NYPD, which only publishes arrests of officers arrested in New York City, said McAuliffe - who was assigned to the Collision Investigation Squad - was suspended after his arrest and is now on modified duty, without his gun and shield, and works a desk job in the detective office.
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According to Suffolk County court records, McAuliffe was pulled over at around 4:30 a.m. after his Toyota Tacoma pickup truck hit a median on the Southern State Parkway.
McAuliffe told a responding officer he was cut off and lost control, court records showed. Although he said he had a beer around 1 a.m., his breath smelled of liquor, his speech was slurred, his eyes were bloodshot and his gait was unsteady, court documents showed.
He is accused of driving a motor vehicle while intoxicated.
McAuliffe did not respond to a request for comment. His attorney, Steven Politi, said the information in the court filings was "baseless."
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He said McAuliffe's vehicle was one of three involved in an accident - the police officer's truck overturned - and that McAuliffe and others were taken to hospital, although no one was seriously injured.
"There is absolutely no evidence that my client was intoxicated in any way," Politi said. "I consider that a groundless arrest with no probable cause."
"I fully expect that my client will be exonerated."
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 Balu, who alleged in a lawsuit that Lt. McAuliffe sexually harassed her, obsessed over the color of her "granny panties," and retaliated after she refused to sleep with him.
The jury dismissed the claims of retaliation but found Balu was exposed to a hostile work environment and ordered the lieutenant to pay $25,000 in punitive damages in addition to the six-figure judgment against the city.
The elder McAuliffe had denied all allegations against him, including not remembering if he ever called the NYPD Transit Bureau a "sex fest" or if he slept with more than 10 female subordinates.

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