Schenectady Police Officer charged with DWI

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) - The Schenectady Police Department says one of their officers has been charged with DWI.

On Sunday, at around 4:15 a.m., police were called to a car crash involving two vehicles at the intersection of Broadway and Liberty Street.

Police say the operator of one of the vehicles was Daniel Coppola, an off-duty Schenectady officer.

The driver of the other vehicle is accused of driving through a red light, striking Coppola's vehicle. Police say that driver also had a suspended license.

Following an investigation, police say Coppola may have been under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash. He was charged with driving while intoxicated and was released pending a future court date.

Coppola has been assigned to desk duty.


Chief Eric Clifford issued this statement:

            “All Schenectady Police Officers are expected to set an example to the community.  I hold each and every officer to the highest possible standards.  When officers break the law, they will be held accountable like any other citizen.  An internal investigation is currently being conducted and once concluded, a decision will be made regarding Officer Coppola’s status as a Schenectady Police Officer.”

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