Jessica Beauvais, 32, originally from Raleigh, North Carolina, was charged on Tuesday with killing an NYPD cop while driving drunk. She offered a tearful apology as she was escorted out of a precinct in handcuffs.

“I’m sorry,” Beauvais sobbed with her head down as she was led out of the 107th Precinct stationhouse in Queens after 13 hours in police custody. “I’m sorry that I hit him and now he’s dead. I didn’t mean to. I’m sorry,” reports the NewYorkPost.

Beauvais said she came from a studio where she did a podcast and uploaded it to Facebook on late Monday night hours before the accident. Beauvais is seen drinking from a small plastic cup while spewing anti-police rants during the podcast. She had been drinking vodka during the podcast. 

Beauvais told police she had two glasses of wine, drove her 13-year-old son to Hempstead, smoked a joint, drank two shots of 1800 Patron Tequila, and brought a bottle of wine into her Brooklyn podcast, according to a criminal complaint submitted at the trial. Her blood alcohol content was almost double the legal limit, according to police.

She hit head-on NYPD Highway Officer Anastasios Tsakos with her 2013 Volkswagen Passat as the officer directed cars past the scene of a fiery and fatal single-car accident in the eastbound lanes near Francis Lewis Blvd., police said.

Even though Tsakos was wearing full reflective gear and standing next to a marked police car with flashing lights and a series of cones, she told police she knew she struck something but didn’t know what it was.

Tsakos died at New York-Presbyterian Queens hospital Tuesday morning. A caravan of police escorted Tsakos’ body to the medical examiner’s office later that day.

Tsakos, 43, was a 14-year member of the force from East Northport. He left a wife, a 6-year-old daughter, and a 3-year-old son.

Beauvais was remanded without bail and ordered to appear in Queens Criminal Court on April 30. She will face charges of vehicular manslaughter, reckless endangerment, leaving an accident resulting in death, fleeing an officer in a motor vehicle, among other charges, like driving while intoxicated.

According to a 2015 criminal complaint, and she had previously been arrested on the same charge. Beauvais was driving despite having her license suspended in August 2019 for failing to pay DMV fees.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, among others, expressed regret for Tsakos’s death, which he described as “senselessness.”

“He’s dead before he was at an accident where people had driven recklessly also with a suspended license,” de Blasio said. “He’s dead because of other people’s negligence.”

NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea shared a tribute to Officer Tsakos, writing, “A husband, a father, a son, and a protector but, most of all, @NYPDHighway Police Officer Anastasios Tsakos will forever be remembered as an NYC #Hero.”

FBI New York tweeted, “We mourn the tragic death of @NYPDnews Officer Anastasios Tsakos, who lost his life overnight while protecting our city. Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and NYPD colleagues as they grieve his passing. Rest in peace, Officer.”

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