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Second New York Police Officer Charged With Drunk Driving In 3 Days

Grizopoulos  New York DWI LawyerNEW YORK – Officer Ismile Althaibani, 29, with the New York City police was arrested and charged with drunk driving Monday in Queens.

The New York Times reported that officer Althaibani’s brother is also an NYPD officer and Althaibani received a Purple Heart in 2004 after a roadside bomb shattered his left foot in Iraq. Althaibani is a decorated former Marine.

According to police reports, officer Althaibani was arrested around 3 a.m. while off duty in the Astoria section of Queens Monday.

NYPD confirmed that Althaibani refused to take a breathalyzer test and was charged with driving while intoxicated. The exact location of this arrest was not released and he was taken to an unidentified hospital for blood testing after he refused to take a breath test. Police did not immediately have information about the accident that led to his arrest.

This was the second time a police officer was arrested on the suspicion of drunk driving in New York City in three days.

Earlier this week, Officer Felix Recio, 32, was arrested for driving drunk in Queens Saturday morning.

According to the New York Post, Recio was the officer who had his foot run over outside the Mercury Hotel in SoHo back in August, by Julien Chabbott, 28, the owner of the social media site Line Snob and the boyfriend of reality TV star Stephanie Pratt. According to reports, Recio had just given Chabbott a parking ticket when Chabbott allegedly tried to run him over with red his Ferrari Spyder.

After the incident, Recio announced plans to sue Chabbott for $10 million. He also sought to have the charges against Chabbott upgraded from felony assault to first-degree assault with a deadly weapon.

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