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Off-duty MTA bus driver hits NYPD officer in Brooklyn while driving drunk: police

Posted at 11:42 AM, Apr 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-27 21:15:53-04

BROOKLYN — An off-duty New York City MTA bus driver was arrested Friday morning after she struck a police officer while driving drunk, police said.

Raquel James, 27, was intoxicated while driving along Rockaway Parkway and Winthrop Street in Brooklyn around 3:18 a.m.  when she struck a pedestrian, police sources said. She was not working at the time.

Police later said James struck an NYPD officer who was responding to the scene of a possible shooting.

The unidentified officer suffered a fracture to his left wrist, and has since been treated and released, police said.

James, who claimed she did not hit anyone, was taken into custody and charged with vehicular assault, driving while intoxicated, aggravated DWI, reckless driving, failure to yield to a pedestrian and driving while ability impaired by alcohol, officials said.