Thursday, September 15, 2011
NYPD Drunken, officer kills young man with his car
A drunken, off-duty rookie cop was arrested early Wednesday after he killed a young man with his car in the Bronx, cops said.
Police said Officer Luis Arnao, 25, slammed into Tyre Chisholm, 22, with his 2011 Honda Accord as Chisholm was crossing White Plains Road in Wakefield at E. 241st St.
"He got hit hard," said Devine Douglas, 45, a livery driver. "He flew up in the air. His shoes flew off with his socks still in them."
Douglas said the driver "was definitely speeding. He kept going, but turned around and came back."
Chisholm had just left a bar about 3:50 a.m. when cops said Arnao hit him. He initially was taken to Montefiore Medical Center, then Jacobi Medical Center, where he died.
Arnao was charged with vehicular manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. His blood-alcohol level was .07, a source said. The cop, who was immediately suspended, was released on $20,000 bail.
Police said Arnao, assigned to Patrol Borough Bronx, was sworn in July 2010.
"He didn't deserve this," said the victim's aunt, Karen Chisholm.
"He wanted to get a job and prosper."