Former Police Captain Pleads Guilty to Reduced Charge

By Lindsay Nielsen

May 23, 2012 Updated Nov 4, 2013 at 3:29 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A Former Binghamton Police Captain has retired following a drunk driving arrest.

He pleaded guilty to a reduced charge in court Wednesday morning.

John Shea, 54, was sentenced Wednesday to a $500 fine and a 90 day suspension of his license after striking a plea deal in Binghamton City Court Wednesday.

Shea's DWI was reduced to a DWAI, Driving While Ability Impaired which is a traffic infraction.

A second charge of possession of an open alcoholic beverage in a vehicle was dismissed as part of the plea agreement.

Police say Shea was driving a city vehicle when he hit a tree in Binghamton on March 18, 2012.

Shea tells Action News his options from the Binghamton Police Department were to retire or fight being fired in court.

Shea says he is now retired.

Shea addressed Norwich City Court Judge James Cushman.

He apologized to the court, the Broome County District Attorney's Office, and his friends and family for, "what I have put them through."

Shea was also sentenced to a one year conditional discharge as long as there are no other offenses in the next twelve months.