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Carlos Morocho, of Center Moriches, indicted on felony DWI, other charges

Carlos Morocho of Center Moriches faces multiple charges,

Carlos Morocho of Center Moriches faces multiple charges, including felony driving while intoxicated, after his van struck a marked police unit in Brookhaven early in the morning on Jan. 9, 2016. Credit: Suffolk County Police Department

A Center Moriches man with a history of drunken driving bought “buckets of beers” at a bar before he crashed into a police car last month, a Suffolk County prosecutor said Thursday.

After the Jan. 9 crash on Sunrise Highway in Brookhaven, officers found a receipt on Carlos Morocho, 27, for four buckets of six beers each, Assistant District Attorney Shaun McCready said in a Central Islip courtroom.

Prosecutors said police also recovered a six-pack of empty beer bottles from the 2003 Ford van Morocho was driving.

In an indictment unsealed Thursday, Morocho is charged with felony DWI, first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, second-degree criminal impersonation, third-degree assault, driving without an ignition interlock device and leaving an accident scene.

Morocho’s attorney, Norley E. Castañeda of Central Islip, entered a not guilty plea for his client. State Supreme Court Justice Fernando Camacho set bail at $150,000 cash or $300,000 bond.

Prosecutors said Morocho and a friend were drinking at a Speonk bar the night of the crash. After dropping the friend off, Morocho rear-ended the cruiser, which had stopped for a car fire, at about 4 a.m. and fled the scene. He was arrested a short time later and gave officers a false ID, authorities said.

The officer in the cruiser suffered scrapes, bruises and a minor concussion, McCready said.

Morocho faces up to seven years in prison if convicted of the top charge. He was previously convicted of felony DWI in 2012, records show.


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