Nassau acting Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter was in a two-vehicle crash last month as he drove his department-issued SUV — the third car accident the top cop has been involved in since 2014.
The department did not disclose that Krumpter, 49, was involved in the Sept. 25 crash in his department Chevrolet Tahoe until Newsday inquired.
According to Det. Lt. Richard LeBrun, the department’s chief spokesman, the accident occurred in the late afternoon on the Sunday before the presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead.
The crash occurred “in the vicinity of the area of the presidential debate” while the commissioner “was checking on security,” LeBrun said, declining to specify the exact location or time.
LeBrun said no one was injured, but would not provide details on the circumstances or whether the commissioner had any passengers.
LeBrun said the commissioner’s SUV sustained “minor damage,” which he would not detail. LeBrun also declined to say whether police issued any summons or designated either Krumpter or the other driver at fault.
Krumpter, who has served as the top cop in an acting capacity since January 2014 and frequently refers to himself as “transparent,” declined an interview request Tuesday. Through LeBrun, Krumpter refused to release the accident report.
“The best I can tell you right now, is that if you want details on the accident, you can FOIL the accident report,” LeBrun said, referring to the New York Freedom of Information Law, which mandates a response for public records within 20 days of receipt.
Krumpter’s first crash as acting commissioner was in March 2014 when he was cited by Suffolk police for “following too closely” when his vehicle rear-ended another in East Northport, injuring the driver. Suffolk police provided a copy of the accident report to Newsday upon request.
Then in July 2014, Krumpter was rear-ended by a Mineola man driving on a suspended license just blocks from police headquarters. A Newsday reporter responded to the scene and interviewed the commissioner moments after the crash.
Krumpter said then: “I’m having bad luck. I might have to get a driver.”
And that’s what he did. Krumpter has designated a police detective to drive him to media and other events on a somewhat regular basis since then.