Woman charged with killing New York police officer in drunken crash, faces up to 15 years

by Joel Abbott · Apr 28th, 2021 1:56 pm

Last Updated May 1st, 2021 at 2:49 pm

A New York woman has been charged with 13 counts for allegedly striking a local highway officer on Tuesday with her vehicle while under the influence.

Jessica Beauvais, 32, reportedly livestreamed a video before the 2 a.m. crash where she was seen drinking alcohol. Hours later, she allegedly struck highway patrol officer Anastasios Tsakos – who was inspecting a previous crash – in an attempt to avoid other vehicles.

Beauvais then allegedly fled the scene and attempted to escape from other police officers, who mounted a pursuit. After exiting the highway, she reportedly drove onto a sidewalk and reversed her car two times into a police cruiser before she was taken into custody.

Tsakos – a 14-year veteran and father of two – was rushed to the hospital where he died. New York City police held a tribute for the officer later on Tuesday.

Beauvis apologized for the incident when asked for a statement by local media after her arraignment, saying "I'm sorry that I hit him and that he's dead."

The charges against Beauvais include manslaughter in the second degree, aggravated manslaughter in the second degree, vehicular manslaughter in the second degree, and leaving the scene of an incident without reporting.

She faces up to 15 years if convicted.


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