Schenectady County

Schenectady cop arrested for sixth time

Suspended Schenectady Police Officer John W. Lewis was charged Saturday evening following a car a


Suspended Schenectady Police Officer John W. Lewis was charged Saturday evening following a car accident — his sixth arrest in two years.

Lewis, 40, of Oregon Avenue allegedly was intoxicated when he left Ellis Hospital’s emergency department and struck another vehicle as he drove out of the parking lot. Lewis then left the scene, according to police.

Officers later located Lewis, and he was arrested and charged with felony first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and misdemeanors of driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of a property damage accident. He was arraigned by Schenectady City Court Judge Christine Clark and sent to Schenectady County Jail without bail.

Lewis is currently suspended without pay and is facing termination from the Schenectady Police Department. His termination hearing was completed Dec. 30, and police officials have said previously a decision from the arbitrator is expected by March.

This is just the latest in a series of arrests for Lewis, many of which related to his interaction with his ex-wife.

Lewis was indicted in December 2009 on three felonies related to charges that he was eavesdropping on his ex-wife’s computer. He faces felony charges of eavesdropping, computer trespass and third-degree tampering plus four counts of second-degree aggravated harassment and one count each of third-degree stalking, fourth-degree stalking and fourth-degree tampering with a witness.

Lewis was first arrested in late April 2008 for allegedly grabbing and pushing his wife over a dispute involving their child. He was ultimately acquitted in that case. He was arrested again in June 2008 and charged with misdemeanor criminal contempt for violating an order of protection his then-wife had against him. Police said he phoned her at her place of employment and said he was going there. He then allegedly drove by her and called her cellphone.

In November 2008, he was charged with two misdemeanors of stalking and harassment for allegedly threatening to kill his ex-wife and any future boyfriend of hers. Police said these crimes occurred on three dates in November and once in August.

Lewis’ criminal cases have been repeatedly adjourned in Schenectady City Court for 17 months.

Earlier this month, prosecutors indicated they were not going to prosecute the misdemeanor contempt allegations because they wanted to focus on the more serious felony charges that he was indicted on in December 2009.

Lewis also was arrested in December 2008 for allegedly driving while intoxicated and hitting a parked car. He is expected to return to City Court on Feb. 15 for that case.

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