SCPD have arrested Jose Nunez of Port Jefferson Station, 25, for DWI.
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Mount Sinai, NY - March 12, 2018 - Suffolk County Police arrested a man for driving while intoxicated following a crash during which officers had to rescue him from a burning vehicle in Mount Sinai on Friday, March 9, 2018.
Jose Nunez was driving a 1999 Honda CRV westbound on Route 25A at Hallock Ave. when he lost control of the vehicle, crossed over the median, went over a front lawn and into the 7-Eleven parking lot, located at 1 Route 25A, where the vehicle side-swiped a light pole, and crashed into a parked tractor trailer at approximately 2 a.m. The Honda was stuck in full throttle position, and the engine of the SUV caught fire near the fuel cells of the tractor trailer.
Sixth Precinct officers, Port Jefferson EMS members, Mount Sinai Fire Department and Terryville Fire Department responded and found the driver trapped and unconscious. Sergeant Richard Grice used a fire extinguisher to extinguish the fire near the engine, while Officers Jamie Treadwell and Brian Cann used another fire extinguisher to extinguish the fire near the rear of the vehicle. Officer Chris Weiner, with assistance from fire department members, kept the driver’s airway open until rescuers including Officer Anthony Buonagurio, Officer Fred Crasa, and Officer Thomas Wassmer were able to use the Jaws of Life tool to cut the vehicle and pull Nunez to safety.
Nunez, who regained consciousness during the rescue, was transported with serious injuries to Stony Brook University Hospital. There was one person in the tractor trailer who was not injured.
Nunez, 25, of Port Jefferson Station, was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated. Sixth Squad detectives are continuing the investigation. Anyone with information about the crash can call the Sixth Squad at 631-854-8652.
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