Suspect in fatal NYPD cop crash gives tearful apology
The Long Island woman charged with killing an NYPD cop while allegedly driving drunk Tuesday offered a tearful apology as she was led out of a police precinct in handcuffs.
“I’m sorry,” Jessica Beauvais, 32, said as she was escorted out of the 107th Precinct stationhouse in Queens for her arraignment in the death of highway officer Anastasios Tsakos. “I’m sorry that I hit him and now he’s dead.”
Asked where she was coming from, Beauvais replied, “I was coming from the studio.”
“I did a podcast,” she added, holding her head down and sobbing as she was placed inside a police vehicle to head to Queens criminal court.
Beauvais’ podcast, posted on Facebook Monday night in the hours before the tragic crash, included anti-police rants and showed her drinking from a small plastic cup.
She told police when she was arrested around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday that she had been downing vodka during the broadcast, sources said.
Tsakos, 43, was at the scene of an earlier accident on the Long Island Expressway when police said Beauvais hit him head-on with her 2013 Volkswagen. He later died of his injuries.
Beauvais is due to be arraigned on two counts of vehicular manslaughter, and reckless endangerment, leaving an accident resulting in death, fleeing an officer in a motor vehicle, and other charges, including driving while intoxicated.
Additional reporting by Larry Celona
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