Eugene Donnelly

‘Sleepwalking’ cop who allegedly slugged neighbor in ill health, says lawyer

The lawyer of the NYPD cop who was allegedly drunk when he wandered into a woman’s house in 2014 and beat her up, said Wednesday that the man is in poor health.

The officer, Eugene Donnelly, didn’t show in Bronx Supreme Court for a routine hearing due to an undisclosed illness. Donnelly’s lawyer, Michael Marinaccio, said that the officer “has medical issues.” Marinaccio wouldn’t comment further on what those medical issues may be, according to a report by the New York Post.

The New York Post previously reported that the officer was placed on modified duty after an incident in 2014, that took place hours after he received NYPD’s second highest honor. Donnelly received the Combat Cross on June 10, 2014, for taking down an armed assailant that shot at him in 2012.

Donnelly went  to grab a drink with some friends to celebrate his achievement later that evening. According to court documents, the officer allegedly passed out drunk at a friend’s house.

The next morning around 5:30 a.m., Donnelly woke up and wandered out of the house in black boxers. When he came to 30-year-old woman’s Woodlawn apartment, he busted down the door and went inside. He shushed the woman, and told her that it was OK and to put a shirt on. He then told her that he could be a bad guy, and a good guy.

“Sometimes I’m a good guy, but sometimes I’m a bad guy.”

Donnelly reportedly went to the kitchen to drink some milk before he started to attack her. He allegedly threw the woman to the floor and started punching her in the face. He then dragged her into the bedroom and continued the attack.

The officer was immediately stripped of his badge and gun, and put on modified duty.

Donnelly was charged with two counts of assault, two counts of criminal trespass, and criminal mischief.

If convicted, he could be looking at up to a year in jail.

[Feature Photo: Screenshot/New York Post]