WEST ISLIP, Long Island (WABC) -- A Suffolk County police officer who was allegedly drunk when he was involved in a deadly wrong-way crash on Sunrise Highway pleaded not guilty Wednesday.
Robert Scheuerer, 24, is charged in an eight-count indictment with aggravated vehicular homicide, reckless endangerment, aggravated driving while intoxicated and other charges.
Prosecutors have said Scheuerer had a blood-alcohol level of 0.17 - more than twice the legal threshold - when he crashed his 2000 Nissan Pathfinder into a 2016 Ford van on September 27. He was off duty at the time.
The van caught fire, killing 37-year-old Brian Fusaro, of Bay Shore.
Scheuerer faces a maximum of 9 and 1/3 years to 26 years in prison if convicted of all charges.
Scheuerer is out of the hospital but is said to still be recovering "from very serious injuries."
Suffolk County police officer pleads not guilty in deadly wrong-way crash