Suspect in crash that killed NYPD cop ordered held behind bars
The woman who allegedly hit and killed a Queens cop while drunkenly barreling down the Long Island Expressway — right after recording a podcast railing against cops — was ordered held behind bars at her arraignment in court Tuesday morning.
Jessica Beauvais appeared in-person at Queens Supreme Court for her arraignment on a 13-count indictment for allegedly killing highway officer Anastasios Tsakos last month.
Beauvais’ attorney, Jorge Santos, urged the judge to grant her bail, but was rejected — and the 32-year-old was ordered back behind bars pending trial.
She faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted of the charges — which include aggravated manslaughter, aggravated criminally negligent homicide and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol — for the fatal April 27 crash.
Beauvis was allegedly high on drugs and with a blood alcohol level of .15 — twice the legal limit — when she hit Tsakos.
Prior to the crash, she was recording a podcast in which she went on anti-police rants and drank from a plastic shot glass.
Tsakos’ parents attended the hearing and cried outside of the courthouse while standing with police union leaders, who spoke in support of the slain officer.
After her arrest last month, Beauvais apologized as she was hauled away in handcuffs, crying, at the 107th precinct in Queens.
“I’m sorry that I hit him and now he’s dead,” she said.
She’s due back in court on July 27.
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