Motorcyclist charged with DWI after rear-ending car on Sunrise Highway


SHIRLEY, LONG ISLAND, NY – A motorcyclist was arrested on Monday after authorities said he caused a crash on a Long Island highway, according to Newsday.

The incident took place on Sunrise Highway near William Floyd Parkway in Shirley shortly after 3 p.m. According to Suffolk County Police, 56-year-old John Hertel of West Babylon was riding a 2008 Harley Davidson motorcycle eastbound when he slammed into the back of a Nissan Altima near exit 57.

Hertel sustained injuries that were not regarded as life-threatening, and was transported to Stony Brook University Hospital. Police said he was charged with driving while intoxicated.

The man who was driving the Altima was not injured in the wreck.

Eastbound Sunrise Highway was shut down for the crash investigation before reopening about three hours later.

Authorities said Hertel will be arraigned at a later date.  Anyone with further information regarding the incident was asked to contact Suffolk County Police.

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