Man charged in alleged DUI that killed cop
An eight-count indictment was unsealed Thursday against an alleged drunken driver whose alleged recklessness claimed the life of a Suffolk police officer.
Dozens of fellow cops were in court as prosecutors charged 23-year-old Jose Borbon, of Plainview. Prosecutors say Borbon was intoxicated more than two times the legal limit and on a cell phone when he slammed into Officer Glen Ciano's cruiser in February. Ciano, a father of two, was on his way to assist another officer when he was hit.
The top count of the indictment is first-degree vehicular manslaughter, which carries a maximum penalty of 15 years. Borbon's attorney plans on arguing Ciano's lights and siren were off and that the officer was speeding through an intersection when he was killed. His defense is likely to come under fire, however, as Borbon was arrested for drunken driving only a month before the fatal crash.