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Westbury hit-and-run suspect found trying to change flat

A Westbury man faces a drunken driving charge after he collided with another vehicle on the Wantagh State Parkway, then left the scene - but was arrested a mile away as he tried to fix a flat tire, State Police said.

Troopers also charged the man, Luis E. Gutierrez, 28, with driving with a suspended license and leaving the scene of an accident.

The accident was before 5 a.m. Sunday, when two troopers were dispatched to a disabled car in the northbound right lane of the Wantagh State Parkway between Exits W3, Route 24, and W2, Old Country Road.

While traveling north on the parkway, the troopers saw a gray Toyota Camry on the right shoulder. The driver of the disabled car said he had been hit by a black vehicle that left the scene. As the troopers continued north to find the hit-and-run vehicle, they got reports of a black Audi disabled on the parkway.

They found the Audi in the right lane of the road with three men trying to change a front tire. There was damage to the front passenger area and quarter panel.

The Audi driver, Gutierrez, of Morningside Drive in Westbury, admitted that he hit another car, and said he stopped for 45 minutes at the scene before deciding to leave.

Troopers detected a strong odor of alcohol on his breath and noticed he had bloodshot and watery eyes. He provided a breath sample, which showed a blood-alcohol level of .18 percent, more than twice the legal limit.

His court date is set for Oct. 26 in First District Court, Hempstead, on the charges.

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