LINDEN — A prosecutor at the opening of the New York trial for a former police officer accused of a drunken wrong-way crash that killed a fellow officer and another man has said it was his extreme intoxication that led him to slam into a truck.

Assistant District Attorney Frank Prospero told jurors on Monday that former Linden officer Pedro Abad went the wrong way on a street at 73 mph  because of how much he had drunk.

Abad faces charges including aggravated vehicular homicide and manslaughter in connection with the March 2015 crash on a Staten Island highway. He has pleaded not guilty.

Defense attorney Mario Gallucci says authorities didn't properly obtain a blood sample and can't prove intoxication.

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