A Suffolk deputy sheriff was at a traffic stop when a motorist sideswiped his vehicle in Miller Place, then drove on, and challenged the officer about the location where he was finally pulled over, the Suffolk County sheriff's office said Thursday.
Deputy Sheriff Sgt. Scott Zimbler was in his patrol car Wednesday on Route 25A near Miller Place Road when a Plymouth Neon hit the driver's side, the sheriff's office said.
Vincent Rudolf, 23, of Rocky Point, continued driving about a quarter mile until he was stopped by Zimbler at a McDonald's parking lot, authorities said.PhotosRecent LI mug shotsDataLI crime stats
While Zimbler radioed in his location, Rudolf spoke up, saying: "Sir, we're at Wendy's," the sheriff's office said.
In talking to the driver, Zimbler smelled alcohol on Rudolf's breath and noticed his eyes were bloodshot and his movements unsteady, authorities said.
The driver admitted to drinking alcohol and he failed field sobriety tests, the sheriff's office said. After being arrested, he consented to a breath test, authorities said, and results showed he had a blood alcohol level of .16 percent. The legal limit is .08 percent.
Rudolf was arraigned Thursday on two counts of driving while intoxicated and held on $1,000 bail. He was also charged with violating the Move Over Law, which requires motorists to move one lane over, when safe, from police and emergency vehicles displaying flashing lights.
It was not clear Thursday if Rudolf had an attorney.
The Plymouth's mirror had scraped the entire length of the higher-profile patrol car, said Michael Sharkey, chief of staff for Sheriff Vincent DeMarco.
Sharkey said no one was injured, but "if our deputy or the other person that was on the traffic stop was standing outside the vehicle, he would have been killed."