Off-Duty NYPD Officer in Deadly Wrong-Way Thruway Crash Was Drunk: Police

State police say an NYPD officer was drunk when he drove the wrong way on the state Thruway last month and crashed head-on into another car, killing both drivers.

They say toxicology tests from an autopsy found that Richard Christopher's blood-alcohol content was 0.21 percent, more than twice the legal level.

Christopher was off duty when his pickup truck, going south in the northbound lanes in Rockland County, crashed into an SUV driven by James DeVito of Airmont on Aug. 12.

The state police also say two witnesses reported seeing Christopher, of Suffern, driving in the correct direction, then making a U-turn to go the wrong way.

State police say no drugs were found in Christopher's system and no drugs or alcohol in DeVito's system.  

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