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Driver who hit parks police car still jailed

A state parks police officer was hurt after

A state parks police officer was hurt after another driver crashed into the back of the officer's police car near Jones Beach State Park, State Police said. (May 31, 2013) Photo Credit: Jim Staubitser

A man who crashed into the back of a park police SUV and injured two officers remained in jail Saturday, a jail spokeswoman said.

Robert Pierro, 29, of the Bronx, said he had looked down to change the song playing on his cellphone and when he looked up, he saw slow moving vehicles. He said he began to brake heavily, but struck the rear of the trooper vehicle. He also said he had a few beers earlier, according to court documents.

The marked police vehicle rolled over, injuring both officers inside, State Police said. Pierro was arrested Friday and held overnight on a driving while intoxicated charge. He was also charged with operating a motor vehicle while using a portable electronic device, according to court documents.

The officers, a field training officer and an officer who joined the force May 10, were in their car on a traffic stop just west of the Ocean Parkway traffic circle when Pierro's Saab struck them about 3:30 p.m., authorities said.

Richard O'Donnell, state parks police chief, said both officers were released after being treated at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow. The roadway was shut down for at least two hours as police investigated.

State police said the driver facing charges was not hurt.

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