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Allegedly drunk cop injures partner, drives to hospital

Accidental shooting in South Queens

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Posted: Friday, April 25, 2014 11:04 am

A police detective assigned to Queens found out what it was like to be on the other side of an arrest early Thursday morning after he allegedly drank on the job, accidentally shot his partner and then drove him to the hospital.

Det. Jay Poggi, 58, is charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and has had his license suspended, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.

Poggi was driving an unmarked police car with his partner, Det. Matthew Sullivan, sometime before 1:30 a.m. when he took out his weapon, a revolver, to show Sullivan the hammer on it, according to a deposition given by Sgt. Idris Guven of the Internal Affairs Bureau and provided to the media by Brown's office.

The weapon discharged, and the bullet hit Sullivan in the right wrist, according to the deposition, which was based on the sergeant's observations and interviews with a police lieutenant and a deputy inspector. The incident occurred as the two were within the 106th Precinct area, and media reports say it happened in Howard Beach.

Poggi then drove Sullivan to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, arriving at approximately 1:50 a.m., the deposition says. The lieutenant responded and saw the unmarked car parked there. Guven arrived and was told by the lieutenant that Poggi acknowledged driving Sullivan to the hospital. Guven saw that the front seat area "was covered in a significant amount of blood." Approaching Poggi, he smelled alcohol and saw that the detective's eyes were bloodshot.

The deputy inspector gave Poggi a breath test, and the detective blew a .113, according to the deposition, showing that he had more alcohol in his system than the .05 percent threshold over which it is not legal to drive. Poggi later refused to submit to a second test at the 112th Precinct, the document says.

Sullivan was admitted to the hospital and underwent surgery to his wrist.

Poggi was released on his own recognizance, that is, without having to post bail, and is due back in court June 16.

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