NYPD Tries To Cover Up Crash With DWI, Lose Lawsuit
The NYPD found out the hard way that their suspect didn’t drink when cops tried to charge Oliver Wiggins with driving while intoxicated. Why did they throw that charge on a completely sober citizen? To cover up for a police officer who ran a marked SUV through a Brooklyn stop sign and plowed into Wiggins’ car. Yikes.
Wiggins received nearly $1 million from the city for his troubles, but only after he was arrested and charged with impaired driving, had his driver’s license suspended and was hit with a massive repair bill for his 2004 Nissan Maxima that his insurance company would not cover since the driver was thought to have a DWI.
Even after a Breathalyzer test taken at the East Flatbush scene on April 19, 2015 showed no alcohol in his blood, he was still charged. While at the hospital after the crash, Wiggins volunteered to have his blood tested for alcohol or drugs at the hospital; That test also came back negative.
The arresting officer, Justin Joseph, still officially reported that Wiggins had slurred speech, watery eyes, an odor of alcohol on his breath and was observed swaying, though three months later, prosecutors dismissed the charges. Wiggins’ lawyer said Wiggins doesn’t drink, and he filed a lawsuit in Brooklyn Supreme Court against the city and five police officers.
City officials decided to avoid a trial and said, “settling this case was in the best interest of the city.” Wiggins took the nearly $1 million settlement.