Driver on drugs causes six-car crash in Bohemia, cops say

At least three people were injured following a At least three people were injured following a crash that involved a total of six cars at the intersection of Lakeland Ave. and Church St. in Bohemia on Friday afternoon, June 20,2014. One of the drivers inlvolved in the crash was charged with driving under the influence of drugs. Photo Credit: Christopher Sabella

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An East Patchogue man has been charged with driving under the influence of drugs after police said he plowed through a red light and caused a crash that involved a total of six cars Friday afternoon.

Suffolk police said the collision happened at the intersection of Lakeland Avenue and Church Street in Bohemia about 3:38 p.m. Sean Burch, 26, was driving a Ford F-150 south on Lakeland when he ran a red light and crashed into a car going east on Church Street.

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The two vehicles then hit four other cars that were stopped at the red light on northbound Lakeland Avenue, police said.

Two of the drivers were taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore with nonlife-threatening injuries, police said. Burch was taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue, also with nonlife-threatening injuries.

Police said in addition to driving under the influence of drugs, Burch was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and operating a motor vehicle without an interlock device. Records show that in 2012 Burch was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, though the outcome of that case was not available.

On Friday, Burch was also charged with two counts of seventh-degree possession of a controlled substance.

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Burch is scheduled to be arraigned Saturday at First District Court in Central Islip.

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