Schenectady police officer suspended, charged with DWI

Brown, not on duty, involved in accident

Tuesday, March 3, 2009
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Michael R. Brown
Michael R. Brown

— A city police officer, apparently returning home from an off-duty fundraiser, was arrested Sunday in Colonie on misdemeanor charges of driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident, police said.

Officer Michael R. Brown, 27, a five-year veteran, was immediately suspended for 30 days without pay, Schenectady Police Chief Mark Chaires said. Chaires said the suspension took effect immediately after Colonie police released Brown on an appearance ticket.

Brown, of Pattersonville, is accused of rear-ending a vehicle at 10:15 p.m. Sunday on Route 9 at Menands Road, said Police Lt. John Van Alstyne. Brown also allegedly drove away from the accident. Colonie police found his vehicle two-tenths of mile away on Route 78 and police said he appeared to have been drinking.

Brown, who was not on duty at the time, refused a Breathalyzer test, Van Alstyne said. Refusal results in immediate revocation of the person’s driving license. Van Alstyne said police do not know Brown’s blood alcohol content.

Brown, however, smelled of alcohol as he spoke with a Colonie police officer at the scene, according to papers filed in court.

According to papers:

The accident had initially been called in as a hit-and-run, with one of the vehicles leaving the scene. But as the responding officer arrived, Brown’s truck was found stopped a short distance away.

Brown got out of his truck and was bleeding from his head. Blood ran down the front of his face and onto his clothes.

Brown admitted to driving the truck. He was also “very concerned” about the driver of the other vehicle. Upon asking Brown for identification, the officer spotted Brown’s Schenectady police badge in his wallet.

Brown told the officer he played in a band and had been coming from a fundraiser in Charlton to benefit a restaurant that had burned recently.

That was an apparent reference to an event for the Charlton Tavern, which was destroyed by fire Jan. 10. The fundraiser began at 8 p.m. at the Elks Lodge in Clifton Park, according to a published notice.

Brown also allegedly admitted to having a few drinks. There were several beers in the car, some full and some empty. He later told a doctor, in the presence of the officer, that his last drink was at 5 p.m.

As he was being loaded into an ambulance, Brown allegedly declined to take a breath screening test.

Brown’s injuries required a total of nine stitches to close.

The other driver’s injuries were minor, but she sought medical attention, police said. Van Alstyne did not have the woman’s name, nor the extent of damage to each vehicle.

Brown’s vehicle struck the other vehicle, which was stopped at a red light, according to police. The impact sent it the woman’s car into a third vehicle, Van Alstyne said. Brown was heading south toward Albany when the accident occurred. A witness called in the accident.

Chaires said Schenectady police have launched an administration investigation. “There will be some type of sanction. We have zero tolerance for driving while intoxicated,” Chaires said.

Brown came to the police force in 2004 after graduating from the police academy, Chaires said. Brown’s father, also named Michael Brown, is a longtime detective with the police force.

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March 3, 2009
7:34 a.m.
esteban1949 says...

If he want to keep his job,he needs to go to a long term substance abuse therapy...and not just a 90 dau dry out period either...and if that is what serves there...then it could be time for everyone to pack up and move out into the county...unless it's just as bad there...

March 3, 2009
7:34 a.m.
Johnny says...

What is wrong with his head? Once again, tiny Schenectady with its unusual number of police corruption.

Don't you wish they could fire all the officers and start again?

March 3, 2009
8:13 a.m.
resident says...

Boy, what a poor example of a police officer, a public citizen, a role model, When will they ever learn of their responsibilities, Now if refusing the breath analyzer and the immediate suspension of his license, how is he going to work in a police car??? Maybe he should play in the band and leave the police department, Just what the Police Department needs at this time, another bad apple...

March 3, 2009
8:53 a.m.
Rictator says...

Rumor has it the officer in question thought he saw a Daily Gazzette reporter at the scene so he left .... didn't want to be late for his shift.

March 3, 2009
10:25 a.m.
howieonline says...

That is one ugly dude. No wonder everyone is afraid of the Schenectady Police!!

March 3, 2009
11:15 a.m.
Rictator says...

Stick some bolts in the poor boy's neck!

March 3, 2009
12:18 p.m.
socalbob says...

if your going to be drinking you should have a designated driver at the ready. no one should be more aware of this than members of the law. practice what you preach.

March 3, 2009
4:22 p.m.
Lalaloveyou says...

Schenectady-ites are so cannibalistic. The second one looks weak you just want to devour them whole. No wonder the city is in the shape it's in.

March 3, 2009
6:42 p.m.
choerilus says...

So which of you want to defend him, too?

The other cop who camped out in his apartment while on duty seemingly got a free pass from many of you. What about this new guy?

It never ends in that stupid town, does it?

Your tax dollars help pay their salary, remember that.

March 4, 2009
9:17 a.m.
annarondac says...

Will someone get his mug shot off this page?

March 5, 2009
4:45 p.m.
MatthewNotrub says...

Let me first say, he made a big mistake and did something wrong. I'm disappointed. However

You are all very eager to jump right on him and get out your anger. Have you read the whole article? He was on his way back from a fundraiser for a burned down restaurant. Call it a hit and run. Do you know how far 2 tenths of a mile is? That's roughly 300 meters. So his plan was to drive 15 seconds down the road and hide-out on the shoulder? It occurs to me that he may have just experienced violent head trauma (notice the terrible mugshot, courteous journalism there) and was somewhat out of touch with what was going on.

Many of you speak about how the police have so many perks, get away with everything. Pardon the breach in tone but I don't want to curse: If none of you have ever driven above .08 even once in your life (let alone run a red light or exceeded the speed limit) I'll eat my hat. If the police get such perks, then why has his mugshot been on the front page? If you did the same thing, would you have to deal with this much ridicule and hatred? No.

I think it's pretty clear that those of you that condemn him as a bad person protected by being a cop only see the benefits of being a cop, and perhaps feel so bad for your poor selves that you don't notice the things these "thugs" have to deal with.

By the way, one of the setbacks for these thugs is that they risks people pointing guns at them in order for less guns to be pointing at you. No big deal. I understand how warped egos can foster self-entitlement.

March 6, 2009
9:13 p.m.
FritzDorr says...

Mathew Nutrub...are you stupid? This clown made all his fathers years of service null and void. What a disappointment to his family. I'm sorry his father has to live with this. All I can think about the mugshot is " crack head "

March 7, 2009
3:45 p.m.
MatthewNotrub says...

FritzDorr, I'm not sure how to answer the question "are you stupid". The kind of thing I would call stupid is someone looking at a picture of a person they know absolutely nothing about and deciding they are a "crack head". Maybe if you were a cop you would be able to tell when you saw a crack head because you'd have to deal with them, lucky for you, people like this cop do that dirty work for you. You are a moron. You did open my eyes to one thing though: I didn't know people who knew how to read were simple minded enough to A)decide a man's career and life, his merit and worth as a person based upon one non-fatal mistake, and B)suggest that the career of that person's father somehow has ANYTHING to do with this mistake. I'm sure his father would be equally unaffected and equally disappointed if he were a fisherman.

In case you didn't catch it in my first post, I'd like to let you know that you are too simple minded to have empathy, and I, conversely, feel sorry for someone like you.

March 7, 2009
9:45 p.m.

ummmmmmm. QuEstIOn why is this a misdemenor?? he hit then ran, and he was drunk if that would've been me i'da got 5 years lol and this is the same guy behind the wheel of a schdy police car ..... crooked cops on the pay roll how do you so easily break the laws u enforce???

March 10, 2009
10:42 a.m.
FritzDorr says...

The hills have eyes

March 23, 2009
4:45 p.m.
mac says...

"We have zero tolerance for driving while intoxicated"

If this is true Officer Brown should soon be in the unemployment line. I'm not holding my breath.

March 27, 2009
9:13 a.m.
DRM says...

"We have zero tolerance for driving while intoxicated"
Well, it would be awfully hypocritical for the people who makes these statements for firing the kid who happened to get caught doing what they have done in their younger days.

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