Albany Police officer arrested, facing a number of charges

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The Albany Police Department arrested one of their own early Wednesday morning.

The incident happened at around 5 a.m.

Police say 31-year-old Officer Shawn Dixon, who was off-duty at the time, was arrested on DWI, criminal mischief, leaving the scene of an accident, and failure to stay in lane.

Dixon is accused of crashing into a transformer near Lincoln Park and knocked out power to the surrounding area.

“Anytime something like this happens it really tears at the fabric of what police officers do every day,” Chief Robert Sears said.

Police say Dixon fled the scene after the crash, leaving $20,000 of damage in his wake.

“The vehicle was unoccupied down a ravine near Lincoln Park in a wooded area. After a quick investigation, we realized the person who left the scene was Sean Dixon.”

He was released from custody at around 10 a.m.

Dixon has been on the force since July 2015.

Earlier in the year, Dixon was accused of leaving the scene of a crash. He just returned to the force after being suspended just eight months ago.

The Albany Police Department has now launched an internal investigation along with a routine criminal investigation.

Chief Sears says they are taking the incident seriously.

“It does tarnish the badge a little bit and we are definitely in a position where we want to make sure we get to the bottom of this and make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

Dixon has been suspended indefinitely without pay. The chief says he is facing everything from termination to arrest.

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