LAS VEGAS (WTNH) — A New Haven Police officer charged with driving under the influence in connection to the death of a fellow officer appeared in a Las Vegas courtroom on Tuesday morning.
New Haven Police Department reports Officer Robert Ferraro, 34, was driving a Rolls Royce with three other New Haven Police officers in Las Vegas early Friday morning.
He is facing DUI charges resulting in death and reckless driving. He’s accused of killing New Haven Officer Joshua Castellano.
According to the Las Vegas Nevada Police Department, the crash happened around 4 a.m. local time near the intersection of West Spring Mountain Road and South Decatur Boulevard. Police said the vehicle was traveling west on West Spring Mountain Road when it entered the intersection of the two roads at a high rate of speed and began to lose control. The Rolls Royce collided with a car that was waiting to enter the road from a private driveway. The Rolls Royce continued west, colliding with utility poles, landscaping, and a fire hydrant. It flipped onto its roof, ejected one of its passengers – Officer Joshua Castellano – from the vehicle, and uprighted itself before coming to a rest.
Officer Castellano was killed as a result of the crash. The other two passengers were identified as Officer Matthew Borges and Officer John Truhart.
Ferraro appeared in court on Saturday. According to court documents, he is facing charges of reckless driving and DUI of alcohol and/or controlled substance resulting in death.
High-profile Attorney Gabriel Grasso will be representing Ferraro. Grasso will be holding a press conference Thursday, Sept. 23 after Ferraro appears in court at 7:30 a.m.
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Ferraro’s bail has been set at $100,000. Ferraro’s bail conditions include staying out of trouble, no alcohol, no driving. He will also be put on high-level electronic monitoring.
It was originally reported that Ferraro posted bail over the weekend. Las Vegas police confirmed to News 8 Monday evening, the officer remains in custody at the Clark County Detention Center.
Ferraro is due back in court on Thursday, Sept. 23.
According to the New Haven Police Department, Ferraro has been placed on administrative leave. The department says an internal investigation is now ongoing. The two other officers in the car at the time of the crash have not been placed on leave.