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Updated: May 25, 2021, 2:55 AM

Suspect in crash that killed NYPD cop ordered held behind bars

By Georgett Roberts and Ben Feuerherd

The woman who allegedly hit and killed a Queens cop while drunkenly barreling down the Long Island Expressway — right after recording a podcast railing against cops — was ordered held behind bars at her arraignment in court Tuesday morning.

Jessica Beauvais appeared in person at Queens Supreme Court for her arraignment on a 13-count indictment for allegedly killing highway officer Anastasios Tsakos last month.

Prosecutors described how Beauvais allegedly whined, “Why did my first accident have to be a cop?” as she sat in the back of a squad car following her arrest.

“Not that I wanted it to be someone else but f—k, I have been driving since I was 16 and haven’t hit as much as a pothole,'” she allegedly told police, in a rant caught on body-camera footage.

Beauvais’ attorney, Jorge Santos, urged the judge to grant her bail, but was rejected — and the 32-year-old was ordered back behind bars pending trial.

She stayed silent during the hearing, but looked back at her relatives, including her 13-year-old son, as she entered the courtroom, wearing a light-colored sweater, her hair pulled back.

She faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted of the charges — which include aggravated manslaughter, aggravated criminally negligent homicide and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol — for the fatal April 27 crash.

Beauvais was allegedly high on drugs and with a blood alcohol level of .15 — twice the legal limit  — when she hit Tsakos, a married father of two young children.

Prior to the crash, she was recording a podcast in which she went on anti-police rants and drank from a plastic shot glass.

She allegedly told police that she regularly smokes weed and drank several glasses of wine and two shots of 1800 Patron before the fatal crash, Assistant District Attorney Greg Lasak said in court.

“I don’t deserve this. What did I do?,” Beauvais was quoted as telling cops in the back of the cruiser. “I just need to go home to my son. I don’t even know why I’m back here. You are treating me like a criminal. I’m not a criminal.”

Beauvais then allegedly asked cops if she had hit someone, later admitting that she “heard a thump.”

Tsakos’ parents attended the hearing and wept outside of the courthouse while standing with police union leaders, who spoke in support of the slain officer.

After her arrest last month, Beauvais apologized as she was hauled away in handcuffs, crying, at the 107th Precinct in Queens.

“You can imagine how difficult it was for Officer Tsakos’ parents to sit in that courtroom and face down the killer of their son. The courage that they have…,” said Police Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch.

He applauded the judge’s decision to remand Beauvais, “so she won’t be out in the street to harm anyone of you or anyone of us.”

“We hope to get the verdict that she deserves and we deserve,” Lynch said, “but it doesn’t bring a father back, it doesn’t bring a son back and quite frankly, it doesn’t make it better.” 

Detectives’ Endowment Association President Paul DiGiacomo hailed Tsakos as a “very well respected” NYPD officer, as the slain cop’s mother wiped tears from her eyes.

“We will make sure this individual responsible for this crime will be found guilty and will serve the maximum time allowed,” DiGiacomo said.

“I’m sorry that I hit him and now he’s dead,” she said.

She’s due back in court on July 27.