New York Daily News
The driver charged in the hit-and-run death of an NYPD officer Tuesday broke down in a tearful apology as she was led away from a Queens precinct in handcuffs.
Jessica Beauvais, 32, was sobbing outside the 107th Precinct as an officer led her to a squad car and guided her into the backseat.
“I am sorry that I hit him and that he’s dead. I didn’t mean to. I’m sorry!” she sobbed.
Beauvais was asked by reporters where she was coming from before the early-morning crash that ended the life of NYPD Highway Officer Anastasios Tsakos, 43, along the Long Island Expressway.
“I was coming from the studio,” she said as the car door was closing and her surgical mask began to slip. “I do a podcast.”
Cops said Beauvais ignored traffic cones and flashing lights before striking Tsakos with her Volkswagen Passat. With her windshield smashed, she sped away from the crash but was arrested a mile away — where she ranted and swore at cops as they took her into custody, police sources said.
It wasn’t the first vitriol she spewed about police officers. Just hours before the incident, the accused drunken driver shared some sobering thoughts about cops in the wake of guilty verdicts against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin who was convicted last week of murdering George Floyd during an arrest last year.
The podcast, posted on her Facebook page opens with background music from N.W.A.’s classic rap tune “F— tha Police.” Beauvais, who appears to be wearing the same clothes she was wearing outside the precinct, follows the intro with a much more confident demeanor than the one displayed outside the precinct.
“What bothered me is that we had to go through a trial to prove that George Floyd didn’t f—– kill himself,” Beauvais says in one expletive-laden tirade she posted under the name Phoenix Michel.
“If you were afraid for your life, go be a secretary at Walmart. Do us all a favor. Go open up a daycare. But please stop hitting us with the bulls— excuse that you felt threatened about something.”
During the video of the podcast, Beauvais is vaping and is drinking alternately from a bottle with a Snapple label and a small red cup.
Beauvais was awaiting arraignment on charges that included DWI, vehicular manslaughter, leaving the scene of a fatal accident, reckless driving and driving with a suspended license.
Her driver’s license was suspended for failure to pay a Driver Responsibility Assessment after a speeding conviction, according to a source. Beauvais’ driving record includes infractions that date back to 2012, including driving without a registration and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.
The car she was driving has 25 violations dating back to mid-2018.
A neighbor who lives near Beauvais described her as a good mother who probably panicked after the incident.
“She’s a good girl,’ the neighbor said. “That probably was a mistake. She’s got to be scared. She probably panicked more than anything,”
Tsakos was diverting traffic from a fatal expressway crash when he was struck and killed.
©2021 New York Daily News. Visit nydailynews.com. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.