Long Island, NY - January 26, 2017 - On January 25, 2017, at approximately 6:20 PM, a trooper from SP Valley Stream was dispatched to a report of an accident on the eastbound Southern State Parkway between exit 17 (Hempstead Avenue) and exit 18 (Eagle Avenue). Both vehicles were eastbound when a Chevrolet sideswiped another vehicle occupied by an off duty NYPD Officer. No injuries were reported. While the trooper was interviewing the vehicle operators, the driver of the Chevrolet Malibu, Cherie Aldridge, age 46, of Elmont, NY, was slurring her speech and unsteady on her feet. Ms. Aldridge was examined by a Drug Recognition Expert and was found to be impaired by drugs.
Ms. Aldridge was charged with Felony Driving While Impaired by Drugs for having been previously convicted of a DWI within the last ten years. The defendant was transported to Nassau County Detention and is to be arraigned at Nassau County First District Court on January 26, 2017.