Binghamton Police Captain Pleads Not Guilty

By Lindsay Nielsen

April 25, 2012 Updated Apr 25, 2012 at 5:51 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Binghamton's Supervisor of Detectives is arraigned on two charges in court Wednesday involving an alleged incident of drunk driving in March.

John Shea is the Captain of Detectives for the Binghamton Police Department.

On Wednesday the 54-year-old plead not guilty to two charges, driving while intoxicated and possession of open alcoholic beverage in a vehicle.

Binghamton Police Chief Joe Zikuski says that Shea was driving a city vehicle when he hit a tree at 1274 Vestal Avenue on March 18th.

Shea's defense attorney Paul Battisti says he has been enrolled in a long term intensive treatment program and is attending AA meetings daily.

Battisti asked for the arraignment to be adjourned so Shea could drive to those appointments, but Norwich City Court Judge James Cushman, denied that request.

This after the prosecution said Shea should not be treated any differently from any other offender.

Shea addressed Judge Cushman, saying he is committed to continuing his recovery treatment.

Shea currently is not allowed to drive.

A hearing is set for May 9th.

Shea has been suspended from the Binghamton Police Department without pay.