Jessica Beauvais allegedly killed a New York City police officer named Anastasios Tsakos due to a hit-and-run on the Long Island Expressway. Beauvais is a 32-year-old anti-police podcast host. Tsakos was on the Expressway directing traffic after an earlier car crash that killed a 26-year-old man. Police say Beauvais confessed to drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana before she got on the road. Beauvais had a blood-alcohol level more than twice the legal limit two hours after the hit-and-run crash.
Jessica Beauvais had just wrapped up a podcast that was live-streamed to Facebook. In the nearly two-hour podcast, she expressed her disdain, if not hatred, for police. She even made veiled threats against the police, although not to specific officers. As things currently stand, Beauvais faces up to 15 years behind bars. That could change for the worse if malice aforethought can be proven.
Officer Tsakos was hit with so much force that his body flew 100 feet away. Beauvais had a smashed windshield and she dragged a traffic cone as she fled the scene. She did not stop until she ran up on a curb and was overwhelmed by nearby police officers. Her attitude was initially one of defiance and non-compliance. This is not surprising considering Beauvais has an atrocious driving record. As a matter of fact, her record behind the wheel is so bad that her license was already suspended before the crash.
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