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Cops: 2 LI drunken drivers in hit-run crashes

Cars enter and exit the Southern State Parkway

Cars enter and exit the Southern State Parkway at Exit 17 in Malverne. (Nov. 18, 2010) Photo Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Within about 12 hours, two alleged drunken drivers were involved in hit-and-run accidents on the Southern State Parkway - including one who hit five cars before being pulled over, State Police said Thursday.

Timothy Grim, 37, of Islip was slumped over the wheel of his Jeep Cherokee and crying when troopers caught him around 6 p.m. Wednesday, after he had hit the five cars, police said. He faces felony drunken driving and endangerment charges.

Troopers saw Grim speeding west on the parkway near Hempstead, and then saw him strike the rear of a Toyota near Exit 17, authorities said. Troopers gave chase, but he didn't pull over until Exit 13, Central Avenue in Elmont, a report said.

An investigation revealed that Grim had hit four other vehicles before the Toyota, the report said.

The report did not say if there were any injuries as a result of the accidents, and a call to State Police was not immediately returned.

Grim, who has a previous drunken driving conviction within the past 10 years, was arrested and produced a breath-analyzer reading of 0.24 percent, police said. The legal limit is .08 in New York. He was scheduled for arraignment at First District Court in Hempstead.

About 12 hours later, a Lynbrook man suspected of driving drunk left the scene of an accident on the Southern State, State Police said.

Anthony Avella, 41, of 29 Lawrence Ave., hit another car from behind near Exit 16, Corona Avenue, at about 6:24 a.m. and then fled from the scene, police said.

Troopers pulled over Avella a few miles away, in Valley Stream, police said.

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