New York police commissioner Ray Kelly, center, arrives to lead...

New York police commissioner Ray Kelly, center, arrives to lead the St. Patrick's Day Parade. (March 17, 2010) Credit: AP

Two of New York's top police brass found themselves thrust into duty in the midst of St. Patrick's Day festivities Wednesday.

Around 4:15 p.m., on his way back from the St. Patrick's Day parade in Manhattan, Nassau County Police Commissioner Lawrence Mulvey saw a motorist on the Northern State Parkway just past the Queens-Nassau border who was driving erratically and narrowly missing other cars, said police spokesman Det. Sgt. Anthony Repalone.

Mulvey, with another detective in his unmarked car, turned on his lights and siren. Mulvey and the detective arrested the Roslyn Heights man, Jayesh R. Patel, 44, on charges of driving while intoxicated, Repalone said.

"This individual was a danger to other motorists on the road especially at this hour," Repalone said, noting this is Mulvey's first arrest made as commissioner.

New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly also showed that he wasn't afraid to take matters into his own hands.

Kelly was on his way to Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral Wednesday, when he jumped out of his SUV to give first aid to a Manhattan woman who was run down by a cyclist and suffered a fractured skull, said officials.

Kelly took Hoffman's scarf and with the help of Det. Franco Berarduce used it to stanch the flow of blood, Browne said. EMS was on the scene quickly and Hoffman was taken to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Cornell Medical Center where she was in stable condition, he said.The cyclist, identified as Jose Segarra, 24, of 110th Street, remained at the scene and was issued a summons for improper brakes and no lights, said police.

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