Mount Vernon – City of Mount Vernon Department of Public Work employee, Avinesh Persaud got drunk Sunday at the Summer Breeze Jerk Fest held in parking lot across from Foodtown on Prospect Avenue, got in his city vehicle and crashed into a Mount Vernon Police Department vehicle. MVPD Officer Morris was in the police car when it was struck.
Persaud who was driving a DPW lift truck, was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated because his blood alcohol level was allegedly 0.25 percent, more than three times the legal limit for driving. Persaud is due in City Court on Tuesday.
He had two empty beer bottles and three full ones in the truck when he was arrested and told police: “I’m not going to lie, I was drinking….I was driving the truck and I was drinking beer in the truck.,” according to court documents.
Department of Public Works Commissioner Joseph Nigro confirmed the “unfortunate incident” and the fact he fired Persaud Tuesday morning.
“The City of Mount Vernon terminated Avinesh Persaud following his arrest on Sunday afternoon for Driving While Intoxicated while operating a city vehicle. The City of Mount Vernon has no tolerance for this kind of behavior,” DPW Commissioner Joseph Nigro shared with News 12’s Lisa Reyes.
Avinesh is the son of former DPW Supervisor Ganga “Rudy” Persaud, who was suspended over misconduct allegations and plead guilty on July 10, 2011, to the entire indictment that charged him with: one count of Perjury in the First Degree, a class “D” Felony and one count of Official Misconduct, a class “A” Misdemeanor.
On November 9, 2010, Rudy Persaud, who at the time was employed by the City of Mount Vernon as a Supervisor in the Department of Public Works, testified falsely during an “Examination Before Trial” in a civil matter against the City of Mount Vernon. The civil action pertains to injuries sustained when the civil complainant tripped and fell on the sidewalk located in front of 245 Summit Avenue in Mount Vernon, alleging negligence, recklessness and carelessness on the part of the City of Mount Vernon and the owner of the premises at 245 Summit Avenue.
In his capacity as Supervisor for the Department of Public Works for the City of Mount Vernon, testified falsely in the proceeding as a witness on behalf of the City of Mount Vernon by representing that he never had conversations with, or was paid by, the homeowner to repair the sidewalk in front of her house.
When in fact, he had discussed with the homeowner the cost of repairing the sidewalk, had referred a contractor to the homeowner and was paid by the homeowner for the sidewalk repairs. Persaud in fact received two separate checks from the homeowner for the repair work in the amount of $1,650.00 payable to cash and the second of which was in the amount of $1,000.00 and was payable to Persaud.
An investigation by the District Attorney’s office was opened based on a complaint brought by the City of Mount Vernon’s Corporation Counsel.
Persaud was the second DPW employee arrested in recent months. Preston Thomas, one of Mayor Richard W. Thomas older brothers, was arrested April 11th after a traffic stop when police found he had fake registration tags on the BMW he was driving. Thomas unlike Persaud is still employed by DPW and received an award on DPW Day last week.