By Maria Rocha-Buschel
Police arrested an off-duty NYPD sergeant for allegedly hitting a cyclist while driving drunk outside Stuyvesant Town last week. Police said that 42-year-old Louis Guglielmo was driving a Jeep Wrangler north on First Avenue on Thursday, December 6 at 2:23 a.m. when he drove through a red light, hitting a 35-year-old cyclist who was heading east on East 16th Street across the avenue with the right of way.
The victim told police that when the vehicle struck him, it knocked him off the bike and onto the street, causing pain to his head, neck, knee and ankle.
Police said that the jeep was partially on top of the bike after the collision. Guglielmo allegedly exited the vehicle and told the victim that he was a member of law enforcement.
“I had a few drinks, and I just did not see him in the crosswalk,” Guglielmo said at the time, according to the criminal complaint.
Police said that Guglielmo had watery, bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, unsteady balance and a strong odor of alcohol on his breath when officers arrived at the scene.
Guglielmo was charged with reckless endangerment, operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and operating a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol.
An attorney for Guglielmo did not respond to a request for comment.