A Medford man was arrested Thursday night after crashing into a police vehicle while driving drunk, Suffolk County police said.
Brian Eddington, 43, was driving a 2016 Dodge Ram north on Nicolls Road in Holtsville about 8:55 p.m. when he crashed into the back of the stopped police vehicle off the roadway, police said in a news release Friday.
Eddington is a teacher at Nesaquake Middle School in St. James and has been placed on leave, the Smithtown Central School District superintendent said.
A Fifth Precinct officer who had responded to an earlier crash was inside the vehicle with the overhead lights on at the time, police said. He was taken to Long Island Community Hospital in East Patchogue for treatment of injuries that were not life-threatening.
Eddington was arraigned Friday on a charge of driving while intoxicated and released on his own recognizance, authorities said.
He pleaded not guilty at arraignment, said his attorney, Dara Martin Orlando of Hauppauge. "We anticipate resolving it in his favor," she said.
Her client, Orlando said, is a "great" father, husband and teacher and did not have any criminal record: "He's an upstanding citizen."
The school district said it had taken action in Eddington's case.
"This morning the district was notified of the DWI arrest of a sixth-grade Nesaquake Middle School teacher," superintendent James J. Grossane said in a statement issued by the district's public relations firm, Syntax. "The teacher has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the police investigation and a substitute teacher has been assigned to the classroom."
Earlier on Thursday, three police officers and two civilian drivers were taken to the hospital with minor injuries in three other crashes involving Suffolk police vehicles.
With Ellen Yan