This has not been a good year for New York police officers, more than a half dozen of whom have been busted for driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.

The latest episode of a New York police officer busted for DUI happened when Sgt. Donald Stewart was arrested in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. Police on the scene reported Stewart was found sitting in the backseat of his vehicle around 1 a.m. His vehicle was missing its front wheel and showed signs of having been in a collision, but Stewart refused to take a breathalyzer test at the scene.

According to published reports Stewart drove his 2011 Grand Cherokee into a parked van with such force that the van collided with another vehicle. Approximately four hours later Stewart was eventually found and arrested, charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.

Once again it is worth mentioning that police are not above the law, nor are they super human. Police officers are just regular people like you or I and subject to make the same mistakes. It is hoped that their public safety training will help them make better decisions but the fact is, they are just as likely as anyone else to screw up their lives.