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Police: Driver arrested after crash into cop car in Brookhaven

Dennis Knapp, left, was charged with driving while

Dennis Knapp, left, was charged with driving while intoxicated on March 10, 2018. Credit: SCPD / Andrew Tetreault - Fully Involved Media Group

A Suffolk County police officer was injured in a crash early Saturday when his cruiser was struck by a suspected drunken driver in Brookhaven, police said.

The Fifth Precinct officer was in his parked cruiser at about 3:30 a.m., manning a road closure for downed wires on Montauk Highway at Old South Country Road, when his car was broadsided by a 1996 Jeep driven by Dennis Knapp, 28, police said.

The police officer, who was not identified, was taken to Stony Brook University Medical Center to be treated for nonlife-threatening injuries, authorities said.

Knapp, of Rockledge Drive in Shirley, was taken to Long Island Medical Center in East Patchogue to be treated for nonlife-threatening injuries from the crash.

Police charged Knapp with driving while intoxicated. He is set to be arraigned Sunday morning at First District Court in Central Islip.

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