Nassau acting Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter's department-issued SUV was rear-ended Wednesday by a Mineola man driving on a suspended license just blocks away from police headquarters, police said.
The crash happened about 2:20 p.m. on northbound Franklin Avenue near 10th Street in Garden City, according to a Garden City police accident report. Both Garden City and Nassau police officers responded to the scene.
Krumpter, who was alone in the 2013 Chevy Tahoe, said he was driving to headquarters from the police academy in Massapequa Park and was stopped at a red light when the SUV's rear bumper was hit.
Krumpter, who spoke to Newsday at the scene, said he was not injured. Krumpter said he called for assistance using his police radio. His Tahoe had minor damage to the bumper.
"I'm fine," Krumpter said. "I was stopped in traffic and I got rear-ended."
The driver of the 2004 Mazda 3 that hit Krumpter, identified as Rafael Saavedra-Perez, 44, of Mineola, had a bloody nose but refused medical attention. He told Newsday his brakes failed.
"The brakes were no good," said Saavedra-Perez, a school and gas station janitor.
Saavedra-Perez was issued a ticket for inadequate brakes and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, Krumpter said.
Wednesday's accident was the second involving Krumpter this year. In March, he was cited by Suffolk police for "following too closely" when his vehicle rear-ended another in East Northport, injuring the woman.
"I'm having bad luck," Krumpter quipped. "I might have to get a driver."