An NYPD sergeant has been charged with assault and vehicular assault after hitting a 68-year-old man with his car. On the morning of June 28, Sergeant Joseph Spiekerman, 43, had been at a bar at York Avenue and 85th Street (presumably Bailey’s Corner) from the end of his shift at midnight until 6:30 a.m. Then he got in his car and tried to beat a light at 85th Street, striking the old man with no apparent attempt to brake or avoid him. The man’s legs and ribs were broken and his spleen ruptured; he’s still in a rehab hospital. Spiekerman stuck around to assist the victim, but when his colleagues showed up he refused, as is apparently the custom now, to take a breathalyzer test and only gave a blood sample after a court order required it. But he still gave a .11 alcohol reading, slightly over the legal limit. The vehicular assault charge, the Times tells us, “accuses a driver of causing serious injury while intoxicated.”
Spiekerman, a 15-year veteran of the force, pleaded not guilty yersterday. He faces up to seven years in prison.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 23, 2009