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Officials: Retired NYPD cop in wrong-way crash with Long Beach police vehicle

A retired NYPD sergeant faces multiple charges after

A retired NYPD sergeant faces multiple charges after crashing into a Long Beach police vehicle early Wednesday, officials said.     Credit: Jim Staubitser

A retired NYPD sergeant faces multiple charges including driving while intoxicated after he drove the wrong way early Wednesday in Long Beach and crashed into a city police vehicle, authorities said.

Robert Garrity, 52, of Long Beach was driving east about 12:45 a.m. on West Park Avenue when he drove over the center median between Laurelton and Magnolia boulevards and hit two trees, Long Beach officials said.

Garrity then sped east the wrong way on Park Avenue where he crashed head-on into a Long Beach police vehicle stopped at a red light and then hit a fire hydrant.

Officers smelled alcohol on Garrity’s breath and found an empty 24-ounce can of Miller Lite under his seat, according to Long Beach police.

Police arrested Garrity on charges of driving while intoxicated, reckless endangerment and reckless driving.

He was arraigned Wednesday morning in Long Beach City Court and released without bail. Garrity's court-appointed attorney, Joseph Lee, could not immediately be reached for comment.

The Long Beach police officer was taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries and released Wednesday morning, authorities said.

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