CENTRAL ISLIP, NY — A former New York state trooper pleaded responsible on Tuesday for committing perjury in connection to a DWI arrest in Bay Shore in 2017, in keeping with Suffolk County District Lawyer Timothy Sini.
Kevin Tunney, 34, of Kings Park, was charged with first-degree perjury, the DA stated.
Tunney, who joined the New York State Police in 2014, resigned from the division on Friday as a part of the plea settlement, the DA stated.
In 2017, Tunney arrested an individual within the parking zone of a 7-Eleven on Bay Shore Street in Bay Shore and charged them with DWI, aggravated DWI, and failure to take care of lane, in keeping with the DA.
Within the arrest paperwork, Tunney said that he was driving his police automotive on Bay Shore Street when he noticed the person’s automotive driving immediately in entrance of him and swerve over the middle double yellow line within the highway twice earlier than it abruptly made a proper flip into an exit-only driveway of the parking zone, the DA stated.
In his testimony throughout the pretrial listening to in 2019, Tunney recounted the identical observations of the person’s car from the evening of the arrest, in keeping with Sini.
Nevertheless, the DA reviewed surveillance footage from the 7-Eleven on the evening of the arrest, which confirmed that Tunney was inside the shop when the person arrived, Sini said.
After reviewing the video, the DA discovered that Tunney couldn’t have adopted the person on Bay Shore Street or seen him failing to take care of his lane whereas driving — as he said in his testimony and arrest paperwork, in keeping with Sini.
The footage additionally confirmed that the person had entered the parking zone by the suitable entranceway, not by an exit-only driveway as Tunney testified, the DA stated.
After an intensive investigation, which included eyewitness interviews and a evaluate of GPS information and different related proof, the grand jury returned the fees set forth within the indictment, Sini stated.
On account of this investigation, the case towards the person who had been charged with DWI was dismissed, Sini stated.
“Any time a police officer breaks the legal guidelines that he’s sworn to uphold, it undermines the integrity of the whole legal justice system,” Sini stated. “At its core, regulation enforcement’s job is to hunt the reality in every case and to find out simply outcomes primarily based solely upon the proof. That was not completed right here.”
The District Lawyer’s Workplace additionally performed a evaluate of all its earlier prosecutions by which Tunney was a witness or potential witness and located no proof of extra misconduct, Sini stated.
He’s scheduled to be sentenced by Suffolk County Supreme Courtroom Justice Timothy Mazzei on June 28.