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April 14, 2011
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Video: Union reps coached NY cop during DWI arrest

Reps advised him not to take a chemical test due to his intoxicated condition

By Brendan J. Lyons
Albany Times-Union

ALBANY, NY - An off-duty Albany police officer arrested for DWI in Menands last December was allowed to have police union representatives present for his arrest who then advised him not to take a chemical test due to his intoxicated condition.

The officer, Brian Lutz, remains suspended and his criminal case is pending. Lutz was handcuffed to a bench in the Menands police station when Christian Mesley, then Albany Police Officers Union president, and another off-duty Albany officer, Charles Batchelor, were allowed to stay with Lutz while he was booked in a process that took more than two hours. Mesley told Lutz he was unlikely to receive leniency from Albany County District Attorney David Soares, according to a police videotape.

Mesley also told Lutz he would have had a better chance of keeping his police job under Soares' predecessors, Paul Clyne and Sol Greenberg.

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