Suspended Schenectady police officer John W. Lewis was charged Wednesday with two misdemeanors after he allegedly punched a window in his Schoharie County jail cell, according to the Schoharie County Sheriff’s Office.
Lewis is in the Schoharie County Correctional Facility awaiting court proceedings in Schenectady County. He was charged with driving while intoxicated on Jan. 25, which violated a condition of his previous bail.
Schoharie sheriff’s investigator Nelson Armlin said Lewis broke a ballistic window in his cell with his left hand on Saturday. He suffered no injuries. Armlin said he did not know why Lewis punched the window but said he had no intention of doing so.
As a result of the incident, the sheriff’s office charged Lewis with criminal mischief, an A misdemeanor, and reckless endangerment of property, a B misdemeanor.
He was arraigned in Schoharie Village Court and returned to jail. He remains in jail without bail.
Schenectady County Assistant District Attorney Christina Tremante-Pelham said she is aware of Lewis’ latest arrest but said its effect on her case is too early to predict.
“There was a condition when first arraigned in December that he not get arrested, which he did do in January. It appears this would be another violation of that condition,” she said.
Lewis’ attorney, Michael Horan, was not available for comment.