Cops: Intoxicated motorist rams into police cruiser at crash scene, injuring officer

A Riverhead policeman working at the scene of a car accident in Wading River late at night was injured when a vehicle driven by an impaired driver rammed his police vehicle, police said in a statement from press early this morning.

Two marked police units responded to a call of a possible accident on Wading River Manorville Road, just north of Highway 25 at around 10:35 p.m. Police found a vehicle that had failed to negotiate the roadway in due to fog, left the roadway and became disabled on the shoulder of the road, according to the statement.

Officers blocked the carriageway with their marked police units and directed traffic, waiting for the vehicle to be pulled from the shoulder, police said. One of the officers returned to his marked unit and, sitting in the front passenger seat of his vehicle, began analyzing data and preparing documents, police said.

Shortly after, the marked police unit was struck by another vehicle traveling northbound on Wading River Manorville Road, police said. The force of the collision pushed the police cruiser off the roadway and onto the eastern shoulder, with both vehicles sustaining extensive damage, police said.

The officer was injured in the crash and transported by Wading River Fire Department paramedics to Peconic Bay Medical Center, police said. He was admitted for treatment for injuries that police said were not life threatening.

The driver of the vehicle that hit the police cruiser, Kenneth Hamilton, 47, of Wading River, who was not injured in the accident, was arrested for drunk driving, police said. He was taken to Riverhead Police Headquarters for processing and held for arraignment that morning, according to the report.

Editor’s note: A criminal charge is a charge. A person accused of a crime is presumed innocent unless proven guilty by a court.

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