Cops: High cab driver caused three-car Flanders crash

08/19/2010 12:00 AM |

A Riverhead cab driver, who police said was driving high, ran a red light in Flanders Wednesday afternoon, causing a three-car crash that sent him and another person to an area hospital, authorities said.
Southampton Town Police said 45-year-old Louis Mannino, who was driving a taxi without any passengers, ran a red light near the intersection of County Road 105 and Flanders Road about 3:30 p.m., causing the accident.
Mr. Mannino, who allegedly had a crack pipe on him, and a passenger in one of the other cars were taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center where they were treated for minor injuries and released.
Police did not release the identities of the other drivers or passengers involved.
After his release, Mr. Mannino was taken to Southampton police headquarters and charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.