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Drunk Off-Duty Firefighter Hits Pregnant Woman With Car, NYPD Says

By Gustavo Solis | March 6, 2014 2:28pm
 Sean Farrell, 39, was charged with his second DWI in less than 10 years.
Sean Farrell, 39, was charged with his second DWI in less than 10 years.
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THE BRONX — An off-duty firefighter was charged with drunken driving after running into two women, one of whom was pregnant, at a Soundview intersection — the second time in less than 10 years that he has been arrested for DWI, police said.

The crash happened about 5:50 p.m. Wednesday when Lieutenant Sean Farrell, 39, of Harlem's Battalion 16, turned from Westchester Avenue onto White Plains Road and plowed into the women, 42 and 38, with his 2005 Ford Explorer, a police spokesman said.

Both women were taken to Jacobi Hospital were they were in stable condition, according to the NYPD.

Farrell was awaiting arraignment on charges of DWI and refusing to take a breath test, police said. Farrell was also suspended without pay for 30 days, according to the FDNY.

According to reports, this isn't Farrell's first drunken driving incident. In 2010, police responding to a shouting match between Farrell and a cabdriver who cut off his 2005 Ford Explorer on West 79th Street on the Upper West Side, according to court documents and the Daily News.

The results of that case were not immediately clear. Farrell was suspended without pay for 30 days after the 2010 incident, according to the Daily News. But he was later allowed to return to work, and was promoted to lieutenant in 2012, according to the Lieutenant Eligibles Association website.

A fire department spokesman declined to comment on Farrell's disciplinary history.