Driver arraigned in wrong-way crash that killed cop

Police Officer Andre Menzies (left) and alleged drunk driver Michael Bowen (right) (andre menzies, michael bowen)

November 23, 2010 8:54:11 AM PST
An alleged drunk driver who struck and killed an off-duty New York City police officer was arraigned on a grand jury indictment Tuesday.

Prosecutors unsealed the 12 count indictment against 50-year-old Michael Bowen, who allegedly killed NYPD officer Andre Menzies on the Northern State Parkway in Dix Hills last week.

Investigators say Bowen started drinking brandy at 2 p.m. on November 14, around the time Menzies started his shift as a Queens housing cop.

Late that night, Bowen allegeldy set out from his Brooklyn home trying to head to Mount Vernon. Prosecutors say he had a blood alcohol content of .26, which si more than three times the legal limit.

Around midnight he found himself miles out of his way, on the Northern State. Authorities say he made a three point turn on the eastbound lanes and headed west against traffic. They add that his headlights were not on. A half mile later, he allegedly slammed into Menzies, who was on his way home.

In the minutes before the crash, 18 people called 911 to report Bowen's erratic driving.

Now, he's charged with aggravated vehicular homicide and manslaughter, facing a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison. A judge ordered him held in lieu of $1million bond, $500,000 cash.

Menzies left behind a wife and five children.

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