Cops: Drunken driver plows into used-car lot

A drunken driver plowed into a used car lot on Route 109 in North Lindenhurst early Tuesday, damaging at least a dozen cars and knocking down a utility pole, Suffolk County police said. Videojournalist: Paul Mazza (Nov. 12, 2013)

A drunken driver plowed into the Speedway Motors Inc. used-car lot in North Lindenhurst early Tuesday, damaging a dozen cars and knocking down a utility pole, Suffolk police said.

David Johnson, 29, of Dix Hills, was driving east on Route 109 when he lost control about 3:51 a.m. and crashed into a pole and the cars, police said. He then attempted to run away, police said, but was caught not far from the scene.

He was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, where his injuries were treated, and he was held at the Third Precinct for arraignment on Wednesday.


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Police tape still cordoned off the car lot when Speedway Motors owner Daniel Standridge arrived in the morning.

"My heart dropped," he said. "It looked like a bomb went off there."

He said he has insurance for only liability and the car plates, not physical damage to the cars, and said he hopes the driver who did the damage is insured.

A Corvette, Mercedes and Audi were among the cars that were wrecked, he said, and most of the damage was on one side of the property.

"It was in the front of the lot -- and all the nice cars, too," Standridge said.

Johnson was charged with felony driving while intoxicated, second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, and leaving the scene of an accident with property damage.

The crash temporarily closed eastbound Route 109 between Robbins and Bedell streets, police said.

Johnson's car, a 2007 Infiniti, was seized, police said.

Twelve cars were damaged, either directly from the collision impact or from flying debris caused by the crash, police said.

With John Valenti

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