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State Police: Drunken driver in street sweeper arrested on Southern State

Jerry Mitchell, 48, of Brooklyn, was arrested by

Jerry Mitchell, 48, of Brooklyn, was arrested by State Police west of Exit 26 on the eastbound Southern State Parkway on Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015, for allegedly driving drunk in a street-sweeping vehicle. Photo Credit: New York State Police

A man operating a street sweeper told officers he had gone around the block for candy in Brooklyn when he got lost and was arrested on drunken-driving charges Thursday on the Southern State Parkway in North Bellmore, police said.

Jerry Mitchell, 48, of Blake Avenue in Brooklyn, had a blood-alcohol level that was twice the threshold for drunken driving when he was arrested on charges of aggravated driving while intoxicated and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, State Police said Friday.

Troopers responded to reports of a street sweeper driving erratically east on the parkway, east of Exit 17, at 7:52 p.m. A trooper found the vehicle driving near Exit 22, the exit for the Meadowbrook State Parkway, "but the driver fled and continued eastbound at 35 mph," according to police.

After a five-minute low-speed pursuit, the operator stopped the vehicle west of Exit 26, Bellmore Road, and was arrested, police said.

Mitchell was arraigned Friday at First District Court in Hempstead, and bail was set at $2,500. He was represented by Legal Aid, which does not comment on cases.

Lt. Robert Young of the Valley Stream barracks said Mitchell works for L. Peres & Associates, an Edgewater, New Jersey, property management company.

Mitchell cleans parking lots at the Gateway Center, a mall adjacent to the Belt Parkway in Brooklyn, according to Young.

With Ellen Yan

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