COMMACK, N.Y. (WPIX) -- A Plainview man, who had been arrested last month for drunken driving, is behind bars again after reportedly killing a Suffolk County police officer early Sunday morning while driving drunk.
Jose Borbon, 23, was trying to make a left hand turn on Commack Road at Vanderbilt Motor Parkway in Commack at 4:15 a.m. when he slammed into a Suffolk County police officer's car, authorities said. The deceased cop, who has not been publicly identified, was apparently on his way to assist another officer when the collision occurred.
McDonald's said they heard a loud explosion and were shocked when they looked outside to see what had happened.
"There were some explosions," Daisy Ramirez told the NY Daily News. "We saw a lot of fire."
Suffolk County Chief of Detectives Dominick Varrone said the police car quickly ignited into flames after being pushed into a traffic pole. Emergency crews were unable to rescue the cop because the car was completely engulfed in flames by the time they arrived, Varrone said.
Borbon, who was not injured in the crash, was arrested and taken to the Suffolk Police Department's Fourth Precinct. He was charged with driving while intoxicated and is scheduled to be arraigned on Monday at First District in Central Islip.
According to court records, Borbon was arrested on Jan. 4 in Nassau County and was charged with DWI. In addition he was also charged with criminal possesion of a weapon, not signaling, driving without a seat belt and failure to obey a traffic device. His next court date in that case is in April.
Court records also indicate Borbon was involved in four separate car crashes in 2006 and his license had been suspended once before in 2007.
Family and friends of the officer, who was assigned to Suffolk County's Second Precinct, which is based in Huntington, are shocked over their sudden loss.
"We are devastated over the tragic loss of this fine young officer who lost his life in the line of duty," Varrone said.
Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy also offered a message of condolence to the officer's devastated family.
"This officer made the ultimate sacrifice protecting and serving the people of Suffolk County," Levy said.