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New charges, new allegations in Bethlehem police case

"Det. Radliff was summoned to the scene driving his department-issued vehicle. Within moments of his arrival on scene, it became abundantly clear to myself and Officer [Jeffery] Vunck that Det. Radliff was highly intoxicated," the complaint reads.

Hughes claims Radliff was found intoxicated or under the influence of alcohol on several different occasions and that Heffernan was made aware of the situation and nothing was done.

Heffernan said he could not respond to the allegations.

"At this point we cannot comment," he told The Spotlight. Similarly, Heffernan said his officers in question could not comment either.

Hughes was involved in another high-profile police matter: The arrest and guilty plea of Albany police detective George McNally, of Bethlehem, of DWI and reckless driving earlier this month in Albany County Court.

McNally admitted to driving from Albany into Bethlehem intoxicated, hitting a parked car and nearly hitting several others, before being taken into custody at his Delmar home by Albany police.

An Albany police sergeant, Peter J. McKenna, was reportedly suspended for his alleged actions that night.

Heffernan said McKenna never communicated directly with his men and that he only went to the Bethlehem Police Department "hours after the incident" to have Bethlehem officers escort Albany officers to McNally's home.

Hughes said Corsi was quoted in an area newspaper as saying he did not want Albany internal affairs investigators interviewing his officers about the incident and that Bethlehem would conduct its own investigation.

However, Hughes said he was ordered to be interviewed by Albany internal affairs in the matter and did so "under protest," and he questioned why some other officers were not ordered to do the same.

"I told the Albany police I didn't know anything about the incident. I was on patrol in Slingerlands and I was never contacted or approached by the Albany PD," Hughes told The Spotlight.

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