Drunk drivers are no match for this cop

The Brooklyn Paper
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Don’t miss our updates:

The only people not toasting police officer Larry Santiago this week are the drunk drivers that he busts.

Santiago, a two-and-a-half-year NYPD vet, was handed the 84th Precinct’s “Cop of the Year” award on Tuesday night, a tribute to his 24 drunk-driving arrests in 2008.

That’s nearly one-third of the precinct’s DWI collars, said his commanding officer, Capt. Mark DiPaolo.

The number is even more impressive, DiPaolo said, because Santiago was often called upon to administer drunk-driving tests against some drivers’ will.

“It’s a great expertise to recognize the behavior of a drunk driver,” DiPaolo said. “This officer has exemplified the difficulty of recognizing these signs and seeing to the arrest.”

Santiago works overnight on the precinct’s meanest streets: Tillary Street and Flatbush Avenue, veritable speedways for Manhattan-exiting boozers, DiPaolo said.

How good is Santiago? None other than NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly was on hand to congratulate the officer in the Borough Hall ceremony.

“You’ve saved lives,” the top cop said.

Updated 5:10 pm, July 9, 2018
Today’s news:
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Don’t miss our updates:

Reasonable discourse

karo from bensonhurst says:
Exactly, that is why he caught so many of them. location, location, location
Jan. 22, 2009, 1:58 pm

Comments closed.

First name
Last name
Your neighborhood
Email address
Daytime phone

Your letter must be signed and include all of the information requested above. (Only your name and neighborhood are published with the letter.) Letters should be as brief as possible; while they may discuss any topic of interest to our readers, priority will be given to letters that relate to stories covered by The Brooklyn Paper.

Letters will be edited at the sole discretion of the editor, may be published in whole or part in any media, and upon publication become the property of The Brooklyn Paper. The earlier in the week you send your letter, the better.

Keep it local!

Stay in touch with your community. Subscribe to our free newsletter: