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Drunk Long Island Woman Crashes Into Police Cruiser On Sunrise Highway, Cops Say

An intoxicated driver is facing multiple charges after crashing into a police cruiser on Long Island, police said.
An intoxicated driver is facing multiple charges after crashing into a police cruiser on Long Island, police said. Photo Credit: Pixabay

A woman who was driving while intoxicated is facing multiple charges after crashing into a police cruiser on Long Island, police said.

The incident happened around 11:50 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28 in Wantagh.

According to Nassau County Police, an officer was issuing a summons to an uninvolved motorist on eastbound Sunrise Highway, near Seaford Avenue when his marked police vehicle was struck by a 2003 Hyundai which continued driving eastbound on Sunrise Highway, police said.

The officer was able to locate this vehicle, which was being operated by Coleen McDermott, 26, of Massapequa, and proceeded to conduct a vehicle and traffic law investigation. 

During the investigation, McDermott was observed to have watery eyes, a strong odor of alcohol on her breath, and was unable to keep her balance, according to police. 

She was taken into custody without incident and charged with driving while intoxicated with a blood-alcohol content over .08 percent, driving while intoxicated and traffic infractions. She was arraigned on Sunday, Sept. 29 at First District Court in Hempstead.

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