A sergeant within the Schenectady County Sheriff’s Division, the son of the sheriff, has been fired after being arrested on drunk driving costs in Colonie Monday night time, authorities mentioned.
Sgt. Daniel Coppola, 26, was arrested by Colonie police simply earlier than 10 p.m. Monday on Central Avenue on the intersection of Reber Road, police mentioned.
Witnesses had noticed Coppola swerving and city officer pulled him over after he moved from his lane unsafely, Colonie police Lt. James Gerace mentioned.
Coppola faces one rely every of driving whereas intoxicated and aggravated driving whereas intoxicated with a blood-alcohol content material above 0.18%, greater than twice the authorized restrict. He additionally was issued a visitors ticket for transferring from his lane unsafely, police mentioned.
This arrest follows his arrest in Might 2018, when Coppola labored for the Schenectady Police Division. Coppola then was accused, whereas off obligation, of driving with a blood alcohol content material of 0.12 p.c, above the authorized restrict of 0.08 p.c. He later pleaded responsible to driving whereas skill impaired.
The Sheriff’s Division mentioned in a press launch that there was an administrative overview of the incident, which led to Coppola’s firing.
Coppola violated plenty of codes of conduct, Undersheriff James Barrett mentioned. Barrett didn’t specify which of them off-hand Tuesday night.
Coppola has labored on the Sheriff’s Division for slightly below three years, Barrett mentioned.
Coppola’s father, Sheriff Dominic Dagostino, issued a press release in a launch.
“I’m terribly dissatisfied and heartbroken over the actions of my son,” Dagostino mentioned within the assertion. “Throughout my tenure as sheriff it has been my obligation and duty to the individuals of this neighborhood to take care of the integrity, credibility, and legitimacy of this workplace. Any motion in need of terminating this worker would undermine these ideas and do an awesome disservice to the workplace that I maintain in such excessive regard.”
Barrett mentioned Coppola had no different personnel points on the division.
“He was an exemplary worker,” he mentioned.
Coppola is scheduled to look Might 3 in Colonie City Courtroom.