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Long Island Officer Injured by Drunk Driver

A drunk driver crashed into a police cruiser in Patchogue Sunday, injuring Suffolk County police officer.

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PATCHOGUE – Long Island police officer Brian Smales was injured after a drunk driver hit the rear of his cruiser in Patchogue.

Officer Smales had placed his car on the right shoulder of Sunrise Highway, with the emergency lights on, while the Suffolk County police were conducting a follow-up investigation on Sunday at the scene of a fatal car crash that occurred on Saturday, according to reports.

Police say that the driver of the 2012 Chrysler that struck the cruiser, Salvatore Distefano, was arrested at the scene and charged with violating the state’s “Move Over Law”, DWI and assault.  He was later taken to a hospital where he was treated for facial lacerations and released.

Officer Smales was treated at a hospital for head, neck, back and leg injuries and released.