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Driver Sideswipes Police Car, Caught in Melville After Chase

Upstate man charged with DWI after crash near Plainview.

Nassau County Police (Credit: Jason Molinet)
Nassau County Police (Credit: Jason Molinet)
This article was written by Joe Dowd. 

An upstate man faces multiple charges after police say he sideswiped a Nassau police car while it was stopped on the shoulder of the Long Island Expressway at Plainview late Tuesday.

A car driven by John McNamara, 21, of Highland Mills, Orange County, was eastbound near Exit 49 when about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday when his car drifted onto the shoulder and slammed into a Nassau Highway Patrol Bureau car. An officer was in the vehicle at the time, stopped on the shoulder, police said. 

McNamara, who police said was speeding, fled the scene but was eventually pulled over near Exit 49 in Melville by the same officer whose vehicle had been struck.

The officer determined McNamara was drunk; he was placed under arrest without incident and no injuries were reported.

The defendant is charged with driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of an incident and five other Vehicle and Traffic Law infractions. He will be arraigned in First District Court in Hempstead on Wednesday.

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