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Officials: Man Arrested for DWI After Crashing into a Police Vehicle and Three Additional Vehicles

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Richard Carroll, 48, of Ronkonkoma, is currently in custody on multiple charges, Police report.

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SCPD have arrested Richard Carroll of Ronkonkoma, 48, who struck numerous vehicles, including a police unit in Holbrook.

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Holbrook, NY - May 26, 2017 - Suffolk County Police Fifth Precinct officers have arrested a man who struck numerous vehicles, including a police unit in Holbrook.
 
Fifth Precinct officers observed the driver of a 2006 Ford Explorer traveling at a high rate of speed and attempted to conduct a traffic stop on eastbound Veteran’s Memorial Highway, north of Broadway Avenue in Holbrook, at approximately 5:15 p.m. on May 25. The driver sped away and the officers did not pursue the vehicle.
 
A short time later, the suspect was traveling at a high rate of speed and attempted to make a right hand turn onto Broadway Avenue when he struck a marked police unit that was on northbound Broadway Avenue stopped at a red light. The impact of the crash pushed the police unit into a 2017 Nissan Altima that was next to the officer also stopped at a red light on northbound Broadway Avenue.
 
The suspect fled southbound on Broadway Avenue where he struck a Ford Taurus and a Mazda 3 near Sunrise highway. The suspect was apprehended on Sunrise Highway and Broadway Avenue after he struck a tree.
 
The police officer and the drivers of the Ford and Mazda were transported to local hospitals where they were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
 
Richard Carroll was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, a Felony, Fleeing a Police Officer, two counts of Reckless Endangerment 2nd Degree, Felony Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Vehicle, Operating a Motor Vehicle without an Interlock Device, two counts of Leaving the Scene of an Accident with Injuries. He was issued summonses for numerous Vehicle and Traffic Law violations.
 
Carroll, 48, of Ronkonkoma, will be held at the Fifth Precinct and is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on May 26.
 
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