RIVERHEAD, LONG ISLAND, NY – A Long Island police officer was injured Wednesday night when his vehicle was struck by an alleged drunk driver, according to Newsday.
The officer was responding to the scene of a previous crash that occurred in the area of State Route 25 and Wading River Manorville Road in Wading River sometime before 10:30 p.m. Police said he had returned to his marked unit, where he sat in the front passenger seat to prepare paperwork.
Another vehicle heading north on Wading River Manorville Road slammed into the police cruiser, pushing it off the road and onto the eastern shoulder of the roadway.
The police officer sustained injuries that were not considered life-threatening ,and was transported to the Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead.
The driver of the second vehicle was identified as 47-year-old Kenneth Hamilton of Wading River. Police said Hamilton had noticeable impairment and an odor of alcohol, and he was being held in custody pending his arraignment. He was not injured in the crash.
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