Keith Neal Bjorkman, 33, of 184 Harding in New Rochelle, NY was arrested by New Rochelle police on October 2, 2012. Bjorkman, a worker for the City of New Rochelle Department of Parks and Recreation, was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance-7th, a misdemeanor, and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle-3rd, also a misdemeanor. He was released the same day on $250 cash bail and given a return date of October 16, 2012. His next court date is October 30, 2012.
Bjorkman crashed a city vehicle, a 2008 White Hino Dump Truck, into a light pole at Lincoln Park. Police responded to the scene. A search of the vehicle turned up a bag inside of which police found glassine envelopes containing a white powder, pills and a container holding a yellow liquid.
Investigative and auto accident reports are not available due to the pending prosecution but sources tell Talk of the Sound that the white powder later tested positive for heroin, the pills were oxycotin and the liquid was urine. Bjorkman had crashed city vehicles in the past and was subject to random drug screening, sources say, which may explain Bjorkman having urine in his possession..
Bjorkman was suspended for 30 days with pay pending an internal hearing which typically serves as a prelude to termination in such cases.
UPDATE: Per our contract with Local 663 Union and under our formal disciplinary process, Mr. Bjorkman was placed on a thirty day suspension without pay pending receipt of formal written charges, wherein he will have eight days to respond or be terminated from City employment.