TROY, NEW YORK – A veteran Rensselaer police officer is accused of driving drunk and crashing his personal car in Troy late Wednesday night.
Daniel Fumarola, 42, was off-duty when he crashed his 2011 BMW sedan into a water tank in the construction area at Brunswick Road and Congress Street, according to the Troy Police Department. No one was injured. Fumarola was alone in the car, and there were no other vehicles involved.
Fumarola refused a breath test at the scene, Troy Police said. He later submitted to a chemical test at the police station.
As a matter of policy, Troy Police do not release blood alcohol test results. However, a law enforcement source confirmed to FOX23 News that Fumarola’s BAC was close to three times the legal limit – more than two hours after the crash.
Attempts to reach Fumarola for comment were unsuccessful.
Rensselaer Police Chief Rick Fusco said late Thursday he will recommend terminating Fumarola. Though this is Fumarola’s first DWI arrest, Fusco said police officers should be held to a higher standard.
Fumarola is on administrative leave, per standard procedure. He is due back in court in early October.