Friday, April 29, 2011
Kelly: Police Probing Whether Bronx Assistant DA Dodged DWI Charge
NEW YORK — As the Bronx District Attorney continues to look into allegations of widespread fixing of traffic tickets, authorities are now investigating whether a Bronx prosecutor got a big break on a suspected drunk driving stop.
On Friday, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly told reporters, including 1010 WINS’ Al Jones, that the Internal Affairs Bureau was looking into whether 34-year-old Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Troiano got preferential treatment from authorities.
Troiano was charged with drunk driving in connection with an August crash on the Major Deegan Expressway. However, the current investigation surrounds whether Troiano was let off the hook during an earlier DWI stop in 2009.
“We’re investigating that allegation. So far, we haven’t been able to find anything in the records about that supposed stop or bringing that individual into the station,” Kelly said.
Attorney Howard Weiswasser released a statement Friday afternoon saying that “there was absolutely no 2009 incident, DWI or otherwise, involving Ms. Troiano.”
The timing couldn’t be worse for District Attorney Robert Johnson. His office has a grand jury looking into allegations of traffic ticket fixing by Bronx police officers. It is still unclear, however, whether the allegations involving Troiano are connected to the wider fixing probe.
Weiswasser insisted that his client “has zero involvement in the investigation or prosecution of the Ticket Fixing situation that is currently before the Bronx County Grand Jury.” He went on to say that Troiano “intends to go to trial to clear her name.”
Kelly would only continue to say that the “allegation is under investigation.”
“We haven’t been able to get any indication of [special treatment], but that investigation goes forward,” he said.