Prosecutor: Linden officer behind wheel in wrong-way fatal crash on Staten Island was drunk

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Staten Island prosecutor Daniel Master said that tests show Linden Officer Pedro Abad's blood alcohol content was 0.24. The legal limit in New York is 0.08. (Photo/Linden Police Department)

NEW YORK (AP) — A prosecutor says toxicology results show that an off-duty New Jersey officer behind the wheel in a wrong-way crash that killed another officer and a friend on a Staten Island highway was drunk.

Staten Island prosecutor Daniel Master said Monday that tests show Linden Officer Pedro Abad’s blood alcohol content was 0.24. The legal limit in New York is 0.08.

Master wouldn’t comment on possible charges against the officer stemming from the March 20 crash.

Linden Officer Frank Viggiano and friend Joe Rodriguez were killed in the crash. Abad and Officer Patrik Kudlac were critically injured.

Authorities say Abad crashed head-on into a tractor-trailer after leaving a Staten Island strip club.

There was no immediate response to an email seeking comment from the union representing Linden police officers.