Kevin Tunney, 34, of Kings Park, pleaded responsible to Perjury within the First Diploma.
Suffolk County District Lawyer Timothy D. Sini has introduced the responsible plea of a former New York State Trooper for committing perjury in reference to the 2017 arrest of a person for driving whereas intoxicated.
Kevin Tunney, 34, of Kings Park, pleaded responsible to Perjury within the First Diploma, a category D felony. Tunney, who joined the New York State Police in 2014, resigned from the division on April 30 as a part of the plea settlement.
“Any time a police officer breaks the legal guidelines that he’s sworn to uphold, it undermines the integrity of the complete prison justice system,” District Lawyer Sini stated. “At its core, legislation 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 finished right here. My Workplace will proceed to carry anybody who breaks the legislation accountable – no exceptions.”
On Nov. 1, 2017, Tunney arrested a person within the parking zone of the 7-Eleven retailer positioned at 59 Bay Shore Street in Bay Shore and charged the person with Driving Whereas Intoxicated, Aggravated Driving Whereas Intoxicated, and Failure to Preserve Lane. Within the arrest paperwork, Tunney said that he was driving his police automobile on Bay Shore Street when he noticed the person’s automobile driving immediately in entrance of him. He said that he noticed the person’s automobile 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 7-Eleven parking zone.
On Jan. 18, 2019, Tunney testified as a witness throughout a pretrial listening to within the particular person’s case in First District Court docket in Central Islip. In his testimony, he recounted the identical observations of the person’s automobile from the night time of the arrest in November 2017.
The District Lawyer’s Workplace subsequently reviewed surveillance footage from the 7-Eleven on the night time of the arrest, which confirmed that Tunney was already inside the shop when the person arrived, and subsequently couldn’t have adopted the person on Bay Shore Street or noticed any failure to take care of lane, as he had said within the arrest paperwork and through his testimony within the case. 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. After an intensive 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.
This investigation was carried out by the District Lawyer’s Workplace in collaboration with the New York State Police. On account of this investigation, the case towards the person who had been charged with DWI was dismissed.
The District Lawyer’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 extra misconduct.
Tunney is scheduled to be sentenced by Suffolk County Supreme Court docket Justice Timothy Mazzei on June 28. He’s being represented by Edward Sapone.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Kevin Ward and Laura de Oliveira, of the Public Integrity Bureau.