A Zambian diplomat suspected of drunkenly plowing into a parked cop car in Queens early Monday was taken into custody — but was set free hours later because his diplomatic immunity prevented him from being charged with a crime, law enforcement sources said.
Langford Banda, 41, was just two miles away from his Jamaica home when he slammed into the police van on 180th Street shortly after midnight.
The officers hopped out of the vehicle and noticed Banda reeked of booze and could barely walk straight, according to the sources.
But Banda, who works as a second secretary of communications at the Zambian Mission to the United Nations, quickly identified himself as a diplomat, meaning cops were unable to give him a blood alcohol test.
“He was a total mess,” a law enforcement source said. “He got off because he’s a diplomat. Not our choice.”
Banda was taken to the 112th Precinct to have his identity verified and was released a short time later, sources said.
The two officers involved in the crash were taken to North Shore University Hospital and treated for minor injuries, police said.
When reached at his home later Monday morning, Banda admitted being involved in the crash, but denied being drunk.
“It was nothing like that,” he told a Post reporter, while dressed in a sweater and plaid drawstring pajama pants.
Officials at the Zambian Mission on 52nd Street in Manhattan declined to comment.