DA, police chief probe alleged drunken-driving cover-up

The Westchester County District Attorney's Office and the Tuckahoe police chief are investigating allegations that local cops let a New York City officer go free after a drunken-driving accident.

A Tuckahoe police sergeant was allegedly caught on audio tape talking to a New York City cop about giving a free pass to 27-year-old Michael Lazarou after he crashed his car on Sagamore Road, taking out a light post and a parking meter.

Lazarou, an officer out of Manhattan's 19th Precinct, was given a sobriety test, but the Tuckahoe cops allegedly cut him a break, only issuing tickets for erratic driving and property damage, which totaled $17,000.

Tuckahoe Police Chief John Constanzo says his department takes DWIs very seriously, regardless of who may commit them. He says administrative charges are possible if the allegations are proven.

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