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Officer killed in crash was driving drunk, investigation shows

LIVINGSTON – Hudson City Police Officer William Wrigley, who was killed on January 24 in a fatal car crash on Columbia County Route 19 in the Town of Livingston, had a blood alcohol level of 0.15 percent, the sheriff’s office reported Thursday.

The investigation showed the 35-year-old officer died from massive multiple traumatic injuries and while the toxicology report indicated no findings of drugs, it did yield the high alcohol level, investigators said.

A statement from the Hudson Police Department said it was “disheartened by the news” about Wrigley’s condition.

“As a department we cannot condone drinking and driving, and believe that the police, in order to gain the public trust and confidence, need to operate above the law and set an example for the community,” the statement read. Wrigley “made a mistake in operating his vehicle that morning, and he paid a heavy price for that mistake.”

“This doesn’t change how I feel about Bill Wrigley nor does it change that he was a great cop,” said Police Commissioner Gary Graziano. “All this does is make it hurt a little bit more. Let’s let the man rest.”