Retired NYPD detective indicted in fatal drunken crash

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April 26, 2019 - 9:47 am



NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Prosecutors charged a retired NYPD detective on Thursday for killing one of his passengers in a drunken crash as he was driving home from a Long Island strip club.

Suffolk County prosecutors alleged that Patrick McMahon, 48, was taking two friends home from the Blush Night Club in Commack at 2 a.m. on January 13 when he went off the road on Dovecote Lane.

McMahon was driving his 2018 Infiniti Q60, when he jumped a curb and sped across the front lawn of a house, hitting a brick pillar and several trees before overturning, prosecutors said.

Steven Sarvis, 32, of Ronkonkoma, was a backseat passenger and fatally injured.

Authorities say that a blood test taken more then 90 minutes after the crash and showed McMahon’s blood alcohol level was 0.18 percent, more than double the 0.08 percent legal threshold for driving while intoxicated.

“There is no excuse in this day and age to drive drunk, particularly for this defendant as a former member of law enforcement,” said Suffolk County D.A. Timothy Sini. “He made the reckless, senseless decision to put the lives of his passengers and the lives of other motorists on the road in danger, and that decision proved fatal.”

McMahon was charged with drunken driving after the fatal crash and on Thursday indicted on aggravated vehicular homicide, manslaughter and other charges.

If convited mcmahon faces between 8 and 25 years behind bars.

McMahon's bail was set at $250,000 bond or $125,000 cash.

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