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Reports: Binghamton Police Chief’s Son Arrested

Bob Joseph/WNBF News

A son of the Binghamton police chief reportedly faces drug and traffic charges after he was arrested in the city.

The Press & Sun-Bulletin and WBNG-TV report 22-year-old Joseph Zikuski III pleaded not guilty during his arraignment Friday morning in Binghamton City Court.

Zikuski’s father, Joseph Zikuski is the police chief for the city of Binghamton and the village of Johnson City.

According to the newspaper, the younger Zikuski has been charged with two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and one count of criminally possessing a hypodermic needle. The story indicated he also was charged with driving while ability impaired and a traffic infraction.

Zikuski reportedly was being held in Broome County Jail on $1,000 bail.

Court documents cited by the newspaper indicated Zikuski was accused of driving while his ability was impaired by drugs just before 6 p.m. Thursday near Chenango and Mulberry streets.

The documents stated Zikuski allegedly possessed a “white powdery substance” that tested positive for the presence of heroin. He also was said to have possessed a hypodermic syringe.

The police chief and the attorney who was reported to be representing Zikuski could not be reached for comment.

A spokesman for Binghamton Mayor Richard David said the mayor would not be making a comment on the arrest.

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