Drunk Jessica Beauvais heard 'thump' as her car hit NY cop Anastasios Tsakos, threw him 200ft out of his boots
Such was the impact of the accident that the windshield of her car caved in, leaving a huge dent on the hood
QUEENS, NEW YORK: Jessica Beauvais, 32, who is accused of drunk driving and fatally running over an NYPD officer reportedly admitted to cops that she "did hear a thump". Beauvais claimed that she was not aware that she had hit highway officer Anastasios Tsakos.
The 43-year-old cop was reportedly hit so hard that he was flung out of his knee-high police boots and landed 200ft away on a grass median strip. Such was the impact of the accident that the windshield of her maroon Volkswagen caved in, leaving a huge dent on the hood. Officer Tsakos is survived by his wife Irene and their children aged six and three.
However, Beauvais did not immediately stop after hitting Tsakos with her car. According to court documents, Beauvais drove past several exits on the Long Island expressway until cops caught up with her and forced her to stop. Prosecutors added that she also mounted a curb, put her car into reverse and rammed a police car twice.
'What did I do?'
After her arrest, Beauvais, who airs a podcast, is heard in the bodycam video asking cops, "What did I do?" The court papers reveal that she told officers, "I don't know why they stopped me. Speeding, I guess. I did hear a thump, so I knew I hit something, but I didn't see what it was."
'F**k Tha Police'
Hours before the accident, Beauvais was in a studio recording her 'Face The Reality' radio podcast. Just before the hit and run, she posted a two-hour-long video broadcast on her Facebook page, where she was smoking and drinking shots in addition to spouting anti-police sentiments.
In her anti-cop rant, she said police officers had "signed up for potential death like in the army" and added that it is a part of their job that people "might try to f***ing kill you". During the show, she also went on a rant against the "justice system" following the guilty verdict for Derek Chauvin. She also bragged about carrying a knife and played NWA's anti-cop anthem 'F**k Tha Police'.
Her blood alcohol level was double the legal limit
Now with her license suspended, the 32-year-old podcast host admitted to drinking wine and tequila on the night and said she regularly smokes weed, court papers revealed. The latest reports also say that two hours after the crash, her blood alcohol level was double the legal limit.
The latest reports also reveal that she is currently being held without bail on several federal charges including vehicular manslaughter, reckless endangerment and fleeing the scene of a fatal crash.
'He had his whole life ahead of him'
Tsakos' family can hardly bring itself to accept the loss of their loved one. They remember him as a committed policeman and a kind soul. Teddy Tsakos, the 42-year-old brother of the cop, reportedly said, "My brother was an amazing guy. He would help people out left and right. That’s what most cops do. You don’t hear about it on the news. You only hear the bad things. He had his whole life ahead of him. It was cut short."