Sergeant takes the stand in Mamaroneck officer's disciplinary hearing
Officer Jeremy Skehan is charged with providing false information to the Westchester District Attorney's Office about an arrest in May. Skehan was suspended without pay after giving the DA a detailed report about a 17-year-old girl, who he says was arrested for DWI.
On Wednesday, Sergeant James Gaffney testified how he detected an odor of an alcoholic beverage on the girl's breath. He claims she was drunk when she crashed her car. Gaffney went on to say how a fireman told him there was a bottle of beer in the car.
But Skehan says Gaffney is twisting the truth. Although Skehan was not at the scene the night of the accident, he says the discovery of the beer bottle and the smell of alcohol never happened. Skehan was the one who had to fill out the report that night and says when he asked the officer questions about if there was probable cause the officer said no.
Skehan and his attorney maintain the Mamaroneck Police Department is corrupt and that the girl should never have been fingerprinted and charge with drunk driving.
The hearing will resume on December 1. Skehan also plans to sue the Village of Mamaroneck and the police chief in federal court.