A Bronx cop who was previously suspended for being drunk while on duty and driving his car to respond to a noise complaint has been indicted for driving while intoxicated and official misconduct, according to the Bronx district attorney.
According to the DA's office, Richard Evans and his partner responded to a noise complaint at Webster Avenue and East 203rd Street on December 8th last year. While on the scene, a witness noticed that the 15-year veteran Evans appeared to be drunk.
The witness called the police to report what he saw, and another witness took a cell phone video of Evans slurring his words and appearing drunk. Evans then drove back to the station house in the 52nd Precinct, where he was deemed unfit for duty by two sergeants and a captain. According to the Daily News, an assistant district attorney accused Evans of forcing his way into the apartment he and his partner visited and staying there, "still armed and still drunk," for a half hour even after residents turned turned down their noise.
"The defendant was allegedly intoxicated while driving a patrol car to and from the scene of a complaint. Such irresponsible behavior is dangerous to the community he swore to protect, and will not be tolerated," Bronx DA Darcel Clark said in a statement announcing Evans' indictment.
Evan was charged with four counts of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, and one count of official misconduct. He faces up to a year in prison and a $1,000 fine if convicted.