Riverhead police cruiser involved in crash

11/13/2010 6:06 PM |


BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO A Riverhead Police officer was injured and a police cruiser totaled in a East Main Street crash Saturday.A Riverhead Police officer was injured and a police cruiser totaled during a crash just outside Riverhead Town Hall Saturday morning, authorities said.

Police said Dayne Baldwin, 45, of Miller Place was driving a utility truck east on East Main Street when he attempted to make a left turn and cut off the westbound patrol car driven by Officer Emil Breitenbach, according to witness accounts. The crash occurred on East Main Street near the intersection with Howell Avenue, just feet from Riverhead Town Hall and police headquarters.

Mr. Breitenbach, who suffered lacerations to his face and left hand, was taken by ambulance to Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead for treatment of “non-life threatening injuries,” police said.

Mr. Baldwin, who was uninjured, was issued a summones for failure to yield right of way.

Both vehicles were impounded for safety checks.

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