Bronx News
Feb 21, 2018

BRONX NEWS: NYPD captain turns himself in for helping detective dodge DWI

A Bronx NYPD captain accused of helping an off-duty detective avoid DWI charges turned himself in Wednesday to face charges over the alleged coverup, authorities said.

Capt. Naoki Yaguchi was indicted by a grand jury last week for official misconduct and obstructing governmental administration.

He surrendered Wednesday morning and was arraigned in Bronx Criminal Court, where a judge ordered him released without bail.

Prosecutors say Yaguchi intervened when off-duty NYPD Detective Efrain Medina was involved in a two-car crash on Forhdam Road April 22. Medina said he had a glass of wine at least two hours earlier, according to sources.

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Yaguchi, who was working that night as a duty captain, allegedly slow-walked Medina’s trip to the 45th Precinct, where DWI suspects are given a Breathalyzer test, the DA said.

The delay prevented officers from taking a test that could provide an accurate reading of how much alcohol was in Medina’s system, the DA said.

Roy Richter, head of the Captains Endowment Association, said the indictment is “completely without merit and is a perversion of the prosecutorial authority given to the Bronx District Attorney.”

Yaguchi, he said, didn’t start his shift until almost 90 minutes after the accident and that once the captain learned of the incident he ordered Medina taken to the precinct — then went there himself to oversee the investigation.

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Yaguchi, 36, has been suspended without pay. He is the NYPD’s first Japanese-American captain and was the executive officer — serving as second in command — at the 40th Precinct at the time of the accident.

Medina was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and pleaded to a violation.

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