The trio were shelved without pay after Detective Christopher Corulla sideswiped another car and plowed into the Hair-Do or Dye Salon as the off-duty cops were leaving Rookies Sports Bar last Friday night, sources said.
“It gets stupid after that,” one NYPD source said Thursday.
Lt. Vincent Molinini, 43, celebrating his promotion and raise, and Detective Frank Muirhead then loaded Corulla into another vehicle. With Muirhead behind the wheel, they zipped away from the wreck, leaving Corulla’s vehicle behind, sources said.
The damaged vehicle in the parking lot belonged to the DJ at the Arthur Kill Road bar where the three cops stopped for drinks after dinner at a nearby restaurant, sources said.
The DJ chased the panicked cops in his banged-up car, catching the three officers at a nearby red light, sources said.
The men identified themselves as cops and claimed Corulla was feeling sick with possible food poisoning. Sources said the trio asked if they could come back Saturday morning to settle up. The DJ agreed.
The accident was not reported until Saturday morning, hours after the 9 p.m. crash. There were no injuries, and sources indicated that criminal charges were unlikely.
Corulla later claimed that he accidentally put the car into reverse, bouncing off the DJ’s vehicle before lurching forward and smashing through the storefront business.
The hair salon owner said her boarded-up operation suffered about $80,000 in damages and will need several months before business returns to normal.
“The car backed all the way in,” salon owner Crystal MacNair, 31, told the Daily News. “Half of my salon is destroyed …. You never think something like this is going to happen.”
MacNair said she opened the salon just one year earlier, fulfilling a dream of running her own business. Employee Deanna Zimmer said the wreck is putting a dent into her pocketbook.
“We can’t use half the salon,” said the 22-year-old. “It’s hurting our clientele.”
Molinini, 43, is in his 23rd year with the NYPD. Corulla, 37, joined the department in 2005, while Muirhead is an eight-year NYPD veteran.
Sources said the incident could cost Molinini his raise, which boosted his salary to the level of a captain. All three officers were suspended for 30 days.
“There’s not much to say here,” said another NYPD source. “There’s nothing good about what happened.”
All three NYPD members were assigned to the department’s Force Investigation Division, created last year to probe incidents in which officers fire their guns or someone dies in police custody.
The NYPD had no comment beyond announcing the suspensions, and union representatives said nothing about the hit-and-run wreck.
The case was reminiscent of a 2014 incident where a drunken NYPD Officer Eugene Donnelly broke into a Bronx apartment and assaulted the women inside only hours after he was honored with the Police Combat Cross.
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