By Christina Carrega
An off-duty veteran NYPD officer added another tally to his lengthy criminal record on Thursday for drunkenly leaving the scene of an accident that left a pedestrian injured.
Brayan Terrazas was driving a 2011 Nissan Rogue around 6:50 a.m. when he ran a red light at the intersection of 34th Avenue and 69th Street in Long Island City and crashed into a young woman who was crossing the street, according to the criminal complaint.
An eyewitness allegedly saw Terrazas, a 10-year veteran with a city housing unit, cruise through the red light, mow down the woman and drive away without stopping to help the victim.
A traffic officer caught up with Terrazas an hour later five blocks away at 62nd Street and Northern Boulevard where he was standing on the sidewalk, according to the criminal complaint.
Terrazas, 32, had “watery eyes, a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath and [Terrazas] was unsteady on his feet,” according to the criminal complaint.
The officer — who was slated to earn over $85,000 this year — refused to take a breathalyzer at the 112th Precinct in Forest Hills.
Terrazas, who was suspended without pay, was charged with misdemeanor reckless driving and three other DUI charges.
Queens County Criminal Court Judge Toni Cimino released Terrazas on his own recognizance and ordered him back to court on Jan. 14.
This isn’t the first time Terrazas was arrested for DUI or reckless behavior, according to court records.
In 2012, Terrazas was arrested for his first DUI while driving in the Long Island City area. He was suspended without pay for that incident, which resulted in him paying a $300 fine. His license was also suspended for three months and he was ordered to attend a drunk driving program.
In 2016, Terrazas was arrested for slapping his girlfriend while she was holding their baby. He was also suspended during the investigation of that case. This case was sealed and there is no public information available, a spokeswoman for the Queens District Attorney’s Office said.
In 2017, he got arrested again for biting his wife — unclear if it is the same woman from the 2016 attack — and threatening to kill her while choking her. Terrazas pleaded guilty to a violation, a spokeswoman said.
A police department spokesperson did not comment about questions regarding any disciplinary action taken against an officer with a lengthy rap sheet during their tenure.