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DWI charge for driver in crash with cop car

A suspected drunken driver crashed head on into a moving Nassau County police car in East Rockaway, the department said Sunday.

The officer, whose name wasn't released, was treated and released from the hospital. The driver, Vincent Rossi, 19, of Reyam Road, Lynbrook, was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, police said. His passenger also was arrested. Neither was hurt, police said.

The crash happened just after 1 a.m. Sunday. The officer, from the Hewlett-based Fourth Precinct, was driving east on Waverly Avenue when the 2006 Toyota driven by Rossi struck him, police said.

In the center console of Rossi's automobile, officers found "two switch blade knives, a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana, numerous red and white capsules believed to be steroids and a small glass injectable vial with an unknown liquid substance," police said.

The driver and passenger were charged because neither took credit for the contraband, a police spokeswoman said.

Police said they found passenger Dhobrinshky Gracia, 19, of Sherman Street, Lynbrook, with two counterfeit Pennsylvania driver's licenses on him. Rossi had a counterfeit Florida's driver's license, police said.

Both are charged with forgery, criminal possession of a controlled substance and possession of a dangerous weapon. They're scheduled to be arraigned on Sunday at First District Court in Hempstead.


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