Jessica Beauvais latest updates: 'Drunk driver' blasts NYPD in podcast episode before 'killing cop'

ALLEGED drunk driver Jessica Beauvais shared a live stream of herself bashing police while drinking hours before reportedly killing an NYPD officer during a hit-and-run.

Beauvais, 32, posted a nearly two-hour video on her Facebook page in which she spoke about the trial of ex-cop Derek Chauvin – who was convicted for killing George Floyd.

She filmed herself hours before cops say she fatally hit NYPD highway officer Anastasios Tsakos, 43, and fled the scene.

In the video was streamed on Facebook on Monday as part of her Face The Reality radio show.

Beauvais filmed herself saying “F**k the police” to the camera while drinking shots and vaping – later reportedly admitting to cops she was boozing on vodka.

Beauvais, who was accused of fatally running over Tsakos just hours later, gave a tearful apology on Tuesday as she was led away by cops in handcuffs.

She was filmed sobbing as she walked out from the 107th Precinct in Queens for her arraignment.

"I'm sorry," a tearful Beauvais cried to a crowd of reporters as she was escorted into the back of a patrol vehicle in handcuffs.

"I’m sorry that I hit him and now he’s dead," she is heard saying in footage of the exchange.

Read our live blog below for the very latest on Jessica Beauvais

  • Aliki Kraterou

    BEAUVAIS' VID

    Just hours before the fatal hit-and-run, she shared a live stream of herself bashing the police while drinking.

    She posted a nearly two-hour video on her Facebook page in which she spoke about the trial of ex-cop Derek Chauvin – who was convicted for killing George Floyd.

    She filmed herself saying “f**k the police” to camera while drinking shots and vaping – later reportedly admitting to cops she was boozing on vodka.

  • Aliki Kraterou

    BEAUVAIS' CHARGES

    Beauvais has been slapped with several federal charges, including two counts of vehicular manslaughter, reckless endangerment, fleeing an officer in a motor vehicle, leaving an accident resulting in death, aggravated unlicensed operator, and aggravated unlicensed operator involving alcohol.

    She also faces two misdemeanor charges – driving while intoxicated and reckless driving.

  • Aliki Kraterou

    'TRAGIC DEATH'

    Archbishop Elpidophoros of America tweeted: "The tragic death of NYPD Officer Anastasios Tsakos, while serving his community, reminds us that first responders, police, fire, medical, always place their lives on the line.

    "May his memory be eternal."

  • Aliki Kraterou

    'HERO'

    New York Mayor Bill de Blasio described Tsakos as a "hero" who is "no longer with us because of reckless drivers".

    "My heart goes out to Officer Tsakos' family. This is a devastating loss," he added.

    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Tsakos' death "reminds us of the risks taken by all who serve".

  • Aliki Kraterou

    'THE MOST INCREDIBLE PEOPLE'

    Rosemarie and Simone Giacalone, both schoolteachers who have lived next door to the Tsakos family since they moved onto the block last summer, recalled his generosity and kindness.

    Rosemarie described the family as "the most incredible people you could ever meet".

    "To have new neighbors move next door, we were just so lucky to have such an amazing family."

    "The little one will grow up never really knowing his father. It’s just heartbreaking.

    "He was super dedicated. Every spare time he had he played with his kids. We feel helpless right now."

  • Aliki Kraterou

    FAMILY MAN

    His younger brother Teddy, 42, told Newsday: "My brother was an amazing guy. He had his whole life ahead of him. It was cut short."

    He added: "You worry all the time, but this was what he liked.

    "And you’ve got to be happy for him. This is what he wanted to do. This is what he chose. You worry about everything."

    Teddy said Tsakos "wasn't the guy who would go out to clubs" but "just liked to work and stay home with his family".

  • Aliki Kraterou

    'HERO OFFICER'

    Jessica Beauvais, 32 is being held without bail as her hit-and-run victim is hailed a "hero officer".

    Colleagues lined the streets in a solemn salute in memory of NYPD officer Anastasios Tsakos, who leaves behind two young children.

    The FBI said: "We mourn the tragic death of NYPD Officer Anastasios Tsakos, who lost his life overnight while protecting our city.

    "Our thoughts are with his family, friends and NYPD colleagues as they grieve his passing. Rest in peace, Officer."

  • Catherina Gioino

    "WHAT DID I DO?"

    Alleged drunk driver Jessica Beauvais apparently asked police why they had detained her after she is believed to have run her car over 14-year veteran of the force NYPD Officer Anastasios Tsakos.

    According to court documents, Beauvais is believed to have driven into the officer at full speed and sending his body flying over 100 feet away as other officers ducked out of her way.

    When police arrived to her car, she jumped a curb, put her car in reverse, and rammed a police car twice.

    She was captured on bodycam saying "What did I do?"

  • Catherina Gioino

    GOFUNDME PAGE MEETS $100K GOAL IN LESS THAN A DAY

    A GoFundMe page created to help the family of NYPD Officer Anastasios Tsakos cover his funeral costs has raised well over the $100,000 goal in less than a day after it was created.

    "Anastasios Tsakos also know as Tasso was taken from our family way too soon," wrote the organizer. "A 32-year-old woman was beyond senseless, took the wheel under the influence and struck Tasso instantly."

    "Tasso was on duty helping others from a previous incident that took place in Fresh Meadows, Queens area. At that time he was assigned to the area to direct traffic, moments later the unimaginable happened."

    "Tasso has left behind two beautiful children and a wonderful wife. Words cannot describe the emptiness his family and dearest friends feel. He was the light in many lives."

  • Catherina Gioino

    "I DON'T KNOW WHY THEY STOPPED ME"

    Jessica Beauvais, the driver who hit an NYPD traffic agent after admitting to drinking before driving, said she didn't know why the police stopped her even after she felt her car hit "something."

    "I smoke weed regularly," she said according to court documents. "I drank two glasses of wine earlier today and then dropped my son off in Hempstead."

    "I smoked a joint last night before my podcast that I did in Brooklyn; the podcast was from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. I brought the bottle of wine I had with me to the podcast. I had two shots of 1800 patron tequila."

    "When I left, I didn't know where I was going so I used my GPS. I made a left turn and a right turn and ended up at a gas station where the cops stopped me. I don't know why they stopped me, speeding I guess. I did hear a thump, so I knew I hit something but I didn't see what it was."

  • Frances Mulraney

    'KNEW SHE HIT SOMETHING'

    Jessica Beauvais fled the scene of the drunken crash in which she killed veteran NYPD Officer Anastasios Tsakos.

    He was directing traffic on the Long Island Expressway early Tuesday when Beauvais struck him down.

    Beauvais initially fled the scene as she had been drinking and smoking marijuana before getting behind the wheel.

    She told cops that she knew she hit something but was not sure what it was.

  • Frances Mulraney

    VICTIM HAILED AS 'HERO OFFICER'

    NYPD officer Anastasios Tsakos, 43, was killed in a drunken crash with Jessica Beauvais, 32, on April 27.

    Colleagues lined the streets in a solemn salute in memory of Tsakos, who leaves behind two young children.

    And tributes have flooded in for the officer, who has been described as a "hero."

    The FBI said: "We mourn the tragic death of NYPD Officer Anastasios Tsakos, who lost his life overnight while protecting our city.

    "Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and NYPD colleagues as they grieve his passing. Rest in peace, Officer."

  • Katie Davis

    WHAT HAPPENED TO ANASTASIOS TSAKOS?

    Anastasios Tsakos had been directing traffic on the Long Island Expressway as he and other officers investigated the scene of another fatal crash on Tuesday.

    Tsakos was standing next to his patrol car at around 2am when the driver of a Volkswagen veered and fatally struck the officer, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said on Tuesday.

    Shea said the driver swerved towards the cop to avoid hitting other vehicles.

    Tsakos was taken to an area hospital, but he died from his injuries shortly after arriving.

    Anastasios TsakosCredit: AP
  • Katie Davis

    ALLEGED DRUNK DRIVER REVEALS WHERE SHE HAD BEEN BEFORE INCIDENT

    While being led out from the 107th Precinct on Tuesday, Jessica Beauvais was asked by reporters where she had been in the moments before the alleged hit-and-run.

    “I was coming from the studio,” she said as the car door was closing. “I do a podcast.”

    In the latest episode of her podcast, published to Facebook on Monday night, Beauvais is heard spouting anti-police sentiments and seen drinking from a plastic cup.

    She told police when she was arrested around 2.30am that she had been downing vodka during the broadcast, the NY Post reported.

  • Katie Davis

    SUSPECTED DRUNK DRIVER SAID 'POLICE SIGN UP FOR POTENTIAL DEATH'

    In her broadcast that preceded Tsakos' death, Beauvais said that police officers are "signing up for potential death like in the army" and that it's "part of the job" that people "might try to f**king kill you."

    "If you said that you were signing up for this dangerous job and part of that dangerous job is that you are not supposed to be afraid – as part of that job is that people might try to f**king kill you," she says. 

    "That's what you're signing up for – potential death like in the army. That's what you signed up for."

    The mother-of-one also said that if she ever had a fatal encounter with police, she'd ensure she wasn't the only victim.

    She said: "Like NWA say about the police – if you're going to kill me, at least I get to take someone with me.  I'm one of those people. If I'm going to go, someone is coming."

  • Katie Davis

    JESSICA BEAUVAIS WAS DRIVING WITH A SUSPENDED LICENSE

    Jessica Beauvais, 32, was driving with a suspended license on the night she allegedly struck Anastasios Tsakos.

    Her license was suspended in August 2019 for failing to pay DMV fees.

    She had previously been arrested on the same charge in 2015 and had her license suspended on at least two other occasions.

  • Katie Davis

    CONTINUED

    Tsakos had a pilot's license and once dreamed of taking a job in the airline industry but settled on a career in law enforcement instead, his brother said.

    "My brother was very by-the-book," Teddy Tsakos said. "That was the life for him. Either the military or the police. Because he was always like, ‘You need to follow the rules.’ He liked that. He was a very neat person. Very meticulous."

    In his spare time, Tsakos would spend his time at home with his wife Irene and their two children, a six-year-old girl and a three-year-old boy.

    "My brother was an amazing guy," Teddy said. "He had his whole life ahead of him. It was cut short."

  • Katie Davis

    'WE FEEL HELPLESS' FAMILY OF NYPD COP KILLED IN 'HIT-AND-RUN' SAY

    Devastated relatives of Anastasios Tsakos, a 14-year veteran of the force, have remembered him as a deeply committed policeman and a kind soul who was always eager to help others.

    "He would help people out left and right," his brother Teddy Tsakos told Newsday. "That’s what most cops do. You don’t hear about it on the news. You only hear the bad things."

    "It’s just heartbreaking. He was super dedicated," he added. "We feel helpless right now."

    Tsakos' family said they always worried about his safety in the line of duty but understood his dedication to his profession.

    "You worry all the time", Teddy told the outlet. "But this was what he liked and you’ve got to be happy for him. This is what he wanted to do. This is what he chose. You worry about everything."

  • Katie Davis

    JESSICA BEAUVAIS BEING HELD IN CUSTODY WITHOUT BAIL

    Jessica Beauvais – who is accused of killing an NYPD cop in a drunken hit-and-run – is being held in custody without bail.

    The 32-year-old was arrested on Tuesday after she allegedly ran over highway officer Anastasios Tsakos, 43, in Queens while driving drunk with a suspended license.

    Hours before the fatal incident, Beauvais posted a nearly two-hour video on her Facebook page showing her smoking, drinking from a shot glass, and spouting anti-police sentiments as part of her Face the Reality podcast.

    Beauvais has been slapped with 13 different charges, including two federal counts of vehicular manslaughter and reckless endangerment, among a slew of others offenses.

  • Katie Davis

    WHAT DID JESSICA BEAUVAIS ALLEGEDLY TELL COPS?

    Jessica Beauvais reportedly admitted to drinking and smoking marijuana before getting behind the wheel.

    After Beauvais was in custody, she was reportedly captured on a body-worn camera saying “What did I do?”

    “I smoke weed regularly,” she said, according to court documents.

    “I drank two glasses of wine earlier today and then dropped my son off in Hempstead. I smoked a joint last night before my podcast that I did in Brooklyn; the podcast was from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

    “I brought the bottle of wine I had with me to the podcast. I had two shots of 1800 patron tequila. When I left, I didn’t know where I was going so I used my GPS,” she allegedly told police.

  • Katie Davis

    NEIGHBORS TELL OF SHOCK AT OFFICER'S DEATH

    Neighbors of Anastasios Tsakos have told of their shock after the NYPD highways officer was killed while working early Tuesday – allegedly by a drink driver, Jessica Beauvais.

    "I just can't believe it," Ruth Mandera told ABC7. "It's shocking. I've been crying ever since I heard."

    "I just can't believe it," neighbor Ruth Mandera said. "It's shocking. I've been crying ever since I heard."

    Another described the married dad-of-two as a "family man."

    "Friendly as can be," Moyra Bletsch told the outlet.

    "And the most hardworking person you'd ever want to meet."

  • Katie Davis

    MORE THAN $75K DONATED TO SUPPORT TSAKOS' FAMILY

    Well-wishers have donated more than $75,000 to help the family of Anastasios Tsakos, who was allegedly killed by a drunk driver.

    The 43-year-old was married with two children, aged three and six.

    His heartbroken family have set up a GoFundMe page for support.

    It reads: "We’ve lost a husband, father, brother, uncle and a beloved NYPD Officer. Anastasios Tsakos also know as Tasso was taken from our family way too soon.

    "Tasso has left behind two beautiful children and a wonderful wife. Words cannot describe the emptiness his family and dearest friends feel. He was the light in many lives."

  • Katie Davis

    'BEAUVAIS MUST HAVE KNOWN SHE HAD STRUCK SOMEONE'

    NYPD police commissioner Dermot Shea has said damage to Jessica's Beauvais' vehicle was so extensive that “there’s no way to not know that you struck an individual.”

    Court docs show that the 32-year-old – accused of mowing down and killing an NYPD highway officer – said she thought she was pulled over by police for "speeding".

    "I don’t know why they stopped me, speeding I guess," she said, according to court papers.

    “I did hear a thump, so I knew I hit something but I didn’t see what it was.”

    Investigators surveying the vehicle that struck and killed NYPD highway officer Anastasios TsakosCredit: AP
  • Katie Davis

    'I KNEW I HIT SOMETHING', JESSICA BEAUVAIS REPORTEDLY TOLD COPS

    Jessica Beauvais told cops "I knew I hit something" after allegedly running down and killing an NYPD highway officer while intoxicated, according to court documents.

    The 32-year-old has been hit with 13 charges after Anastasios Tsakos died when he was struck by a car early Tuesday.

    "I didn't know where I was going so I used my GPS," she told police, according to court docs.

    "I made a left turn and a right turn and ended up at a gas station where the cops stopped me. I don't know why they stopped me, speeding I guess.

    "I did hear a thump, so I knew I hit something but I didn't see what it was."

  • Katie Davis

    WHAT HAPPENED TO ANASTASIOS TSAKOS?

    Anastasios Tsakos had been directing traffic on the Long Island Expressway as he and other officers investigated the scene of another fatal crash on Tuesday.

    Tsakos was standing next to his patrol car at around 2am when the driver of a Volkswagen veered and fatally struck the officer, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said on April 27.

    Shea said the driver swerved towards the cop to avoid hitting other vehicles.

    Tsakos was taken to an area hospital, but he died from his injuries shortly after arriving.

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