On Monday night, a New York radio host streamed herself on Facebook asserting “f— the police” and only hours later reportedly drove her Volkswagen into a NYPD highway patrol officer who was redirecting traffic, killing him, before she sped away.
Jessica Beauvais, 32, was driving on a suspended license and later taken into custody. Police say that her blood alcohol level was nearly twice the legal limit.
While on her “Face the Reality” radio show, Beauvais shared a nearly two-hour stream in which she spoke about the trial of Derek Chauvin, stating: “This week we are going to talk about the ignorance that was the Derek Chauvin trial — or the ignorance that is essentially just is this f—ing justice system.” She also reportedly played the song “F— Tha Police” by NWA.
She went on to say: “Like NWA 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.”
“Throughout the video, Beauvais is seen vaping and drinking an unknown dark liquid from a plastic cup and, at one point, washes down the contents of a red shot glass with a bottle of Snapple,” the Daily Mail reported. “Police sources claim she later confessed to guzzling vodka before the deadly accident.”
“What happened to fighting?” she asked on the radio program, according to the outlet. “I grew up on fighting. I like to fight. My hands and my feet and teeth. It does something for me — what does it do for you? F—ing people up never stopped being a thing. Shooting people is still wack. It means you can’t fight. It means you’re a cop.”
After logging off around 2 a.m. by saying, “F— the police. F— them,” Beauvais drove onto the Long Island Expressway, according to the criminal complaint, where Anastasios Tsakos, 43, was redirecting traffic after a separate fatal car accident.
“Tsakos was in full reflective gear, next to a marked police car with flashing lights and a series of cones,” ABC News reported. “Authorities say she blew a .15 BAC, nearly double the legal limit, more than two hours after the incident.”
According to court documents, Beauvais said: “I did hear a thump, so I knew I hit something but I didn’t see what it was.”
Beauvais apparently struck Tsakos—the father of two children, a three-year-old son and six-year-old daughter. He was reportedly flung 100 feet into the air and landed in the grass at the side of the road. He was rushed to a hospital where he was later pronounced dead. Beauvais’s windshield was reportedly “completely shattered.”
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea shared with the press that Beauvais was driving while under the influence with a suspended license.
“I think that when you see the images of [Beauvais’] car and the windshield that is completely shattered, as well as damage to the front of the car, there is no way to not know that you struck an individual,” he said, according to the New York Post.
Reports indicate Beauvais passed multiple exits on the expressway, eventually driving onto a curb. Prosecutors have noted that when police surrounded the vehicle, she reportedly backed into a police car in an attempt to escape.
“When finally arrested, the agitated suspect ranted and swore at the cops taking her into custody for vehicular manslaughter, DWI and driving with a suspended license in the tragic death of Tsakos, police said.
Upon her arrest a source claimed Beauvais told officers: “F— you. I don’t have to listen to you,” the New York Daily News reported.
On Tuesday afternoon, as she was leaving NYPD’s 107th Precinct in handcuffs, Beauvais said: “I’m sorry that I hit him and that he’s dead.”
Patrick Lynch—the current president of the Police Benevolent Association—suggested that Beauvais is only sorry because she got caught. As a result, Beauvais faces up to 15 years in prison. Among the 13 charges brought against her are second degree manslaughter, second degree vehicular manslaughter, and leaving the scene of an incident without reporting a death.
Tsakos’s brother, Teddy, told ABC 7: “He didn’t deserve this. He just bought a house. He was starting his life. He was doing good. Everything was cut short. That’s it.”
Shea concluded: “We stand here this morning reminded once again, in law enforcement, there is no such thing as a routine job. We stand here devastated and trying to pick up the pieces of what is a shattered home and a shattered NYPD family.”