Off-Duty Detective Charged With Assaulting Officer and Resisting Arrest

An off-duty city police detective assaulted a police officer who was trying to arrest him on drunken-driving charges in Upper Manhattan early Monday, the police said.

The detective, Harold Thomas, 49, was driving a Cadillac Escalade at Dyckman and Staff Streets in Inwood just after midnight when he was pulled over because his car resembled one that the police were looking for in connection with another matter, the police said.

The vehicle was the wrong one, but officers noticed that its driver, Detective Thomas, was “acting belligerently, apparently because he was inebriated,” a police spokesman said.

When an officer tried to arrest Detective Thomas, he resisted and assaulted the officer, though he did not inflict serious injuries, the police said. Detective Thomas is accused of drunken driving, obstructing governmental administration and refusing to take a breath test, in addition to assault and resisting arrest. He has been suspended without pay.

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