Ex-detective, reporter Sheehan arrested

March 31, 2009 10:56:56 AM PDT
Retired NYPD detective and television reporter Mike Sheehan was arrested for drunk driving after hitting a police horse with his car in TriBeCa Monday night, according to police. The 60-year-old Sheehan reportedly struck the horse at the intersection of North Moore Street and Varick Street at around 10:30 p.m.

Sheehan, who was blocks from his house, refused to take a breathalyzer test and was taken into custody.

He was charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, causing an injury to a police animal and failure to take a breathalyzer test.

The officer assigned to the horse sustained a minor injury. The horse ran from the scene, but was corralled about a block away.

The crash occurred a block from the First Precinct, which houses a stable.

Sheehan was a decorated NYPD detective who retired to become a television reporter in 1993.


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