The woman who allegedly hit and killed a Queens cop while drunkenly barreling down the Long Island Expressway — right after recording a podcast railing against cops — was ordered held behind bars at her arraignment in court Tuesday morning.
Jessica Beauvias faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted on the charges she now faces in the wake of NYPD Officer Anastasio Tsakos’s death.
Beauvais’ attorney, Jorge Santos, urged the judge to grant her bail, but was rejected — and the 32-year-old was ordered back behind bars pending trial.
She stayed silent during the hearing, but looked back at her relatives as she entered the courtroom, wearing a light-colored sweater, her hair pulled back.
She faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted of the charges — which include aggravated manslaughter, aggravated criminally negligent homicide, and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol — for the fatal April 27 crash.
Tsakos had responded to assist at the scene of a fatal automobile collision on the Long Island Expressway when he was struck by Beauvais, police say. He was redirecting traffic when a 2013 Volkswagen allegedly driven by her swerved to avoid other cars and hit Officer Tsakos as he stood next to his marked patrol vehicle. (NYPD)
Beauvais was allegedly high on drugs and with a blood alcohol level of .15 — twice the legal limit — when she hit Tsakos, a married father of two young children.
Prior to the crash, she was recording a podcast in which she went on anti-police rants and drank from a plastic shot glass.
Tsakos’ parents attended the hearing and wept outside of the courthouse while standing with police union leaders, who spoke in support of the slain officer.
(Tsakos Family/Tunnel to Towers Foundation works)
After her arrest last month, Beauvais apologized as she was hauled away in handcuffs, crying, at the 107th Precinct in Queens.
“You can imagine how difficult it was for Officer Tsakos’ parents to sit in that courtroom and face down the killer of their son. The courage that they have…,” said Police Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch.
He applauded the judge’s decision to remand Beauvais, “so she won’t be out in the street to harm anyone of you or anyone of us.”
“We hope to get the verdict that she deserves and we deserve,” Lynch said, “but it doesn’t bring a father back, it doesn’t bring a son back, and quite frankly, it doesn’t make it better.”
Detectives’ Endowment Association President Paul DiGiacomo hailed Tsakos as a “very well respected” NYPD officer, as the slain cop’s mother wiped tears from her eyes.
“We will make sure this individual responsible for this crime will be found guilty and will serve the maximum time allowed,” DiGiacomo said.
“I’m sorry that I hit him and now he’s dead,” she said.
She’s due back in court on July 27.
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