ALBANY, N.Y. - The Albany Police Officer accused of driving drunk and crashing into numerous cars early Sunday morning has been handed new charges in court Tuesday.
The 10-year veteran of the Albany Police Department, Max Etienne, is accused of crashing his vehicle into a row of parked cars in Pine Hills around 5 a.m. Sunday.
Police say the 42-year-old refused to take a breathalyzer at the scene of the accident and is now facing charges of Driving While Intoxicated.
He appeared in Albany City Court Tuesday and was additionally charged with leaving the scene of an accident, refusal to take a breathalyzer, and refusal to take a chemical test. He pleaded not guilty.
Etienne has been suspended without pay. His license has also been revoked.
The accident was a major inconvenience for Jenna Hahne, her sister Michelle, and their entire family after they say both their cars were damaged by when Etienne was allegedly driving drunk and crashed into their vehicles.
Authorities say the witness who called 911 said Etienne may have tried to leave the scene.
He was found a short time after the accident, near the scene with front-end damage to his SUV.
This isn't the first time the police officer has crashed into parked cars. Authorities confirm he was ticketed five years ago for leaving the scene of a similar accident.
As for the Hahne sisters, they say Etienne should no longer be on the force. "I don't really feel safe knowing that somebody who's done this time and time again should be back behind a police car," Michelle said. "As a citizen of this city, I don't feel very safe."
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