It comes as no surprise that the off-duty NYPD detective who fatally struck an elderly pedestrian early Friday morning in the Bronx has an alcohol problem. Detective Kevin (Spike) Spellman had a blood alcohol level of 0.21 percent—more than twice the legal limit—almost six hours after the accident. Now it's being reported that this isn't the first time booze has caused problems for Spellman and others.

Three years ago Spellman, a 22-year veteran who's assigned to the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area unit, was sent to rehab by the NYPD after a drunken row outside a bodega. Sources tell the Daily News Spellman was "slapped with departmental charges," and docked 30 days' pay.

But the rehab didn't help, and at 6:30 on Friday morning Spellman mowed down 67-year-old Bronx grandmother Drane Nikac. Spellman had been drinking at a bar to celebrate another officer's birthday; two beer cans, one full and one empty, were found in his car.