Police: Riverhead man injured off-duty cop in wrong-way DWI crash

05/31/2011 11:03 AM |

A Riverhead man was the latest in a string of Long Island wrong-way drunk driving arrests Saturday after police said he collided with a car driven by an off-duty police officer in Ridge.

Suffolk Police said Francisco Tomas, 26, was traveling eastbound in the westbound lane on Middle Country Road in a 1997 Volkswagen Jetta about 4:15 a.m. when he hit the other car head-on. The other vehicle was driven by an off-duty East Hampton Town Police officer, who police declined to identify, driving home from his shift.

Both men were seriously injured in the crash and taken to Stony Brook University Medical Center for treatment. Police said the officer suffered a broken heel, a fractured sternum and head injury while Mr. Tomas suffered a broken leg.

Mr. Tomas, of Midland Avenue, was charged with DWI. He was scheduled to appear Tuesday in First District Court in Central Islip, where he might face additional charges, police said.



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