Albany police officer punished for driving drunk

Wednesday, June 5, 2013
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— An Albany police officer who pleaded guilty Wednesday to driving while intoxicated received a laundry-list sentencing from Albany County Court Judge Andrew Ceresia.

Max Etienne, 42, received the maximum allowable court fine of $1,000 for his misdemeanor guilty plea, according to the Albany County District Attorney’s Office, and was ordered to pay additional court fees of $395. Under his one-year conditional discharge, he must complete 60 hours of community service, including up to 30 hours speaking to law enforcement officers. He must also successfully complete a substance abuse treatment program and attend a victim impact panel and drinking driver program.

His driver’s license was revoked for six months, and his car will be equipped with an alcohol-sensing ignition interlock device for one year. Etienne must also pay restitution to the victims who incurred any expenses when he crashed into three parked vehicles by South Main and Hansen avenues in Albany earlier this year.

“Max Etienne remains suspended from the Albany Police Department pending the outcome of the administrative disciplinary process,” according to an email from the Albany Police Department’s public information office. “In accordance with New York state law, the suspension is with pay.”

Etienne was arrested early Feb. 17 after returning to the scene of where he drove drunk into three parked cars in Albany. He had left the scene immediately after the incident, and upon returning, Albany police officers observed him exhibiting signs of physical intoxication. Etienne failed several field sobriety tests. After he was arrested, he refused to submit to a chemical breath test, according to a news release.

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June 6, 2013
6:25 a.m.
safny says...

I have never been able to understand why community service includes talking to people - about what? How you didn't spend a minute in jail?

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