Cops: Driver facing charges in Franklin Square car smashing

Driver Leonard Dunne, 47, is hospitalized and under

Driver Leonard Dunne, 47, is hospitalized and under arrest in a series of vehicle crashes in West Hempstead. Nassau County police said the driver of a Dodge Dakota pickup crashed into vehicles along Hempstead Turnpike and Nassau Boulevard. Dunne, of West Hempstead, is charged with driving with ability impaired as well as other traffic related offenses. (Jan. 18, 2014) (Credit: Lou Minutoli)

An unlicensed West Hempstead man apparently under the influence of drugs was arrested on Saturday evening after he crashed his car into several vehicles, then parked on the front lawn of a West Hempstead home, Nassau County police said.

Police said the driver, Leonard Dunne, 47, crashed his 2001 Dodge Dakota pickup truck into several parked cars and a moving vehicle on Hempstead Turnpike in Franklin Square, prompting 911 calls from witnesses at 5:40 p.m.

Dunne then turned south on Nassau Boulevard, hitting more parked cars before stopping on the front lawn of a home, police said.


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Police arrested Dunne, who appeared drugged, and transported him to a hospital for treatment of a broken nose and cuts to his face.

No one else was injured in the spree, police said.

Dunne was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, driving while ability impaired by drugs, two counts of leaving the scene of an accident without reporting, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, uninspected motor vehicle, unregistered motor vehicle and uninsured motor vehicle.

His arraignment will take place once it is medically practical, police said.

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