Updated 03/24/2011 05:48 AM
Schenectady police officer charged with assault, unlawful imprisonment
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- A Schenectady police officer was arrested on misdemeanor charges in connection with a domestic incident on St. Patrick's Day.
Schenectady police said Officer Eric Peters, 36, is charged with third-degree assault and second-degree unlawful imprisonment for an incident that happened on Park Place.
The 12-year veteran of the department was assigned to the Field Services Bureau at the time of his arrest.
He has been suspended without pay.
Peters was arraigned and released on his own recognizance. He is scheduled to appear back in court in April.
Officer Eric Peters is just the latest in a string of Schenectady Police ending up on the wrong side of the law.
Most recently, Jonathan Haigh was arrested for DWI. Police say back in January, he drove drunk into a tree in Schenectady and drove off.
Last June Schenectady Mayor Brian Stratton fired officer Andrew Karaskiewicz for his role in the beating of alleged drunk driver Donald Randolph in December of 2007. At the time, he was the fifth Schenectady police officer to resign or be fired from the force in 2010. Then Mayor Stratton also fired Officer John Lewis.
Lewis was arrested seven times in a two-and-a-half year period for everything from domestic assault to DWI to computer tampering.