An off-duty State Police trooper was arrested and charged with drunken driving after he crashed into a marked State Police car stopped on the shoulder of the Southern State Parkway, injuring a fellow trooper, police said.
The off-duty trooper, Brendan Murphy, 28, of the Bronx fled the scene early Sunday, but was pulled over a short distance away by the trooper whose car he hit, police said.
Murphy, assigned to Troop F in upstate Liberty, had a blood alcohol content of .21 percent -- almost three times the legal limit, police said. He was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated and with leaving the scene of a personal injury auto accident. He faces arraignment next Monday in First District Court in Hempstead.
In a statement released Monday, police said Murphy has been "suspended from duty."
The identity of the injured trooper was not released. Police said that trooper was taken to Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre, where he was treated for a minor back injury and released.
The incident occurred on the eastbound Southern State at 4:35 a.m. Sunday near Exit 18, Eagle Avenue, Lakeview, police said.
Police said that Murphy crashed his Honda into the rear of the State Police cruiser, which was stopped on the right shoulder. When the trooper whose car was struck returned to his vehicle to call for backup, Murphy drove off, police said.
Murphy was then stopped about 200 feet east of the scene, where he was arrested, police said.