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, based on Suffolk County District Legal professional 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 keep up lane, based on the DA.
Within the arrest paperwork, Tunney acknowledged that he was driving his police automobile on Bay Shore Street when he noticed the person’s automobile driving immediately in entrance of him and swerve over the middle double yellow line within the street twice earlier than it abruptly made a proper flip into an exit-only driveway of the parking zone, the DA stated.
In his testimony in the course of the pretrial listening to in 2019, Tunney recounted the identical observations of the person’s car from the evening of the arrest, based on Sini.
Nonetheless, 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 acknowledged.
After reviewing the video, the DA discovered that Tunney couldn’t have adopted the person on Bay Shore Street or seen him failing to keep up his lane whereas driving — as he acknowledged in his testimony and arrest paperwork, based on Sini.
The footage additionally confirmed that the person had entered the parking zone via the suitable entranceway, not via an exit-only driveway as Tunney testified, the DA stated.
After a radical investigation, which included eyewitness interviews and a evaluate of GPS data and different related proof, the grand jury returned the costs set forth within the indictment, Sini stated.
On account of this investigation, the case in opposition to 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 all the 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 achieved right here.”
The District Legal professional’s Workplace additionally carried out a evaluate of all its earlier prosecutions through which Tunney was a witness or potential witness and located no proof of further misconduct, Sini stated.
He’s scheduled to be sentenced by Suffolk County Supreme Court docket Justice Timothy Mazzei on June 28.