Brooklyn Assistant District Attorney Michael Jaccarino, 30, was arrested this weekend after he allegedly attacked a female EMT worker who was responding to a call of an intoxicated man on the Brooklyn Bridge around 1 a.m. He’s charged with assault, criminal obstruction of breathing, menacing and harassment
Jaccarino was leaving the pedestrian pathway when emergency workers stopped him and he voluntarily entered the ambulance. However, when they tried to take him to Beth Israel Hospital, they said that he became violent and ripped off an arm strap on the seat. He then allegedly smacked EMT Teresa Soler, 46, in the face with his forearm. After knocking her to the ground, he reportedly began choking her.
Soler had bruises to her right cheek, right wrist and chest.
Jaccarino began work with the prosecutor’s office in 2008.
I am not sure of the harassment or menacing charge since it sounds like this was a sudden and brief act. Ironically, this is the type of charge that defense attorneys often challenge as count stacking or excessive charging by prosecutors.
Jaccarino is a graduate of the State University of New York Buffalo Law School. He joins other drunk prosecutors recently arrested in cases of physical assaults or destruction (here and here and here). Just in case you thought it was just prosecutors being arrested this week, think again.
Source: New York Times