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Woman Accused Of Killing Cop In DUI Hit And Run Livestreamed Anti-Police Tirade Prior To Crash

Queens, NY – The woman accused of killing New York Police Officer Anastasios Tsakos in a hit-and-run crash early Tuesday morning livestreamed herself in a profanity-laced, anti-police tirade prior to the deadly collision and later confessed she had been downing alcohol and smoking marijuana before the crash, according to police.

Jessica Beauvais, 32, crashed her 2013 Volkswagen head-on into Officer Tsakos, 43, as he was out directing traffic at the scene of a fiery fatality collision on the Long Island Expressway at approximately 2 a.m. on April 27, The New York Times reported.

According to court documents, the crash sent the veteran officer flying 100 feet into the air, The Daily Wire reported.

Beauvais immediately fled the scene, leaving Officer Tsakos lying in the grass next to the road.

The 14-year veteran-of-the-force was rushed to New York-Presbyterian Queens Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries, according to The New York Times.

New York Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner Dermot Shea told reporters the damage to the Beauvais’ vehicle was so severe, “there’s no way” she wouldn’t have known she had hit someone, WVIT reported.

“I did hear a thump, so I knew I hit something but I didn’t see what it was,” the suspect later said, according to court documents.

Prior to the crash, the suspect livestreamed a nearly two-hour Facebook video showing her swigging shots of liquor and vaping.

She kicked off the rambling podcast by playing “F—k Tha Police” by N.W.A., and later urged viewers to get into confrontations with law enforcement, the video showed.

“We can fight the police too. If you’re going to shoot me, get it over with. What I’m saying you’re not going to try me while I’m still breathing,” she said, according to Newsweek. “Like N.W.A say about the police—if you’re going to kill me, at least I get to take someone with me. I’m one of those people. If I’m going to go, someone is coming.”

“We’re not scared of the police…f—k the police!” Beauvais declared in the video. “We want you to know we don’t give a f—k about you, your mom or your children or wife. You’re nothing.”

She ranted about no one wanting the police around, and said she finds it “very f—king annoying” to see them parked on a street corner.

“B—ch, I don’t need to see you here…We don’t f—kin’ need y’all,” Beauvais said. “We don’t like y’all. We don’t want y’all around. It’s not comfortable. It don’t make us feel good or safe.”

She has since been arrested on a slew of charges, including two counts of vehicular manslaughter, fleeing an officer in a motor vehicle, reckless endangerment, leaving an accident resulting in death, aggravated unlicensed operator involving alcohol, and aggravated unlicensed operator, the New York Post reported.

Beauvais has also been charged with misdemeanor offenses of driving while intoxicated and reckless driving.

At the time of her arrest nearly two hours after the crash, she had a blood-alcohol content of .15, which is nearly twice the legal limit for driving, according to The Daily Wire.

Beauvais’ license was also suspended at the time of the deadly collision, police said.

She faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted, according to WPIX.

Prosecutors said during the suspect’s arraignment on Tuesday night that she confessed to having consumed wine and two shots of tequila while she was recording the podcast, and said she also smoked a marijuana joint, WPIX reported.

Prosecutors said she sped past flashing lights and traffic cones prior to hitting Officer Tsakos, and that the impact smashed her windshield and caved in the hood of her car, WCBS reported.

Despite what had occurred, Beauvais hit the accelerator and sped off, dragging a cone with her vehicle past multiple exits.

She then allegedly rammed into a patrol vehicle in an attempt to escape, The Daily Wire reported.

“What did I do?” she asked an officer when she finally pulled over, according to prosecutors.

Beauvais continued to spew obscenities and berate officers as she was taken into custody.

“F—k you,” the suspect told the officers during her arrest, according to the New York Daily News. “I don’t have to listen to you.”

Beauvais told reporters outside the courthouse Tuesday that she was sorry for having killed the married father-of-two, WPIX reported.

“I’m sorry that I hit him and that he’s dead,” the suspect said, according to WCBS.

“She’s genuine in that she apologized for the fact that she was caught,” New York Police Benevolent Association (PBA) President Patrick Lynch said during a press conference. “She admitted that she didn’t know where she was going, what she was doing, but still got in her car and used GPS as if it was automatic pilot.”

Beauvais’ next hearing is scheduled for Friday, according to WNYW.

Officer Tsakos’ family left the courthouse in tears without speaking to reporters on Tuesday, WPIX reported.

The veteran officer leaves behind his wife, Irene, as well as his six-year-old daughter and his three-year-old son, according to WVIT.

“They said goodbye on their stoop today,” Lynch told WPIX. “Little did they know that was the last time.”

A fundraising campaign established to help Officer Tsakos’ family in the wake of their loss has raised over $54,000 so far.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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