LONG ISLAND, NY – Suffolk County Police today arrested a Centereach man for fleeing the scene of a motor vehicle crash that seriously injured a motorcyclist in Ronkonkoma on September 20.
Thomas O’Neill turned himself in at the Fourth Precinct this morning and was charged by Vehicular Crime detectives with Leaving the Scene of an Incident Resulting in Serious Physical Injury, a Class E Felony.
O’Neill, 44, is a Suffolk County Police Officer assigned to the Community Response Bureau and has been with the department since 2003. He was off duty at the time of the crash and has been suspended without pay.
Thomas O’Neill, 44, a Suffolk County Police officer is being charged by Vehicular Crime detectives with Leaving the Scene of an Incident Resulting in Serious Physical Injury, a Class E Felony. O’Neill was arraigned September 20th at First District Court in Central Islip.
O’Neill voluntarily submitted to a blood test. A physician assistant from the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner obtained the blood sample, which will be analyzed for alcohol and drugs.
O’Neill provided the vehicle involved in the crash and consented to a search as well as a forensic analysis of the vehicle.
O’Neill was arraigned September 20th at First District Court in Central Islip.
The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty. Defendants are entitled to a fair trial with the burden on the prosecution to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
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