A Port Jefferson Station man was pulled from his burning SUV early Friday after it slammed into a parked tractor trailer in a 7-Eleven parking lot, leaving him seriously injured, police said.
Jose Nunez, 25, was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated after he crashed a 1999 Honda CRV in front of the convenience store off Route 25A on the border of Mount Sinai and Port Jefferson Station, Suffolk County police said.
Nunez was driving west on Route 25A at about 2 a.m. when he lost control at Hallock Avenue, crossed the median, went over a front lawn and into the lot, sideswiping a light pole and crashing into the tractor trailer, police said.
“The Honda was stuck in full throttle position, and the engine of the SUV caught fire near the fuel cells of the tractor trailer,” police said in a news release.
“Sixth Precinct officers, Port Jefferson EMS members, Mount Sinai Fire Department and Terryville Fire Department responded and found the driver trapped and unconscious,” police said.
Police Sgt. Richard Grice “used a fire extinguisher to extinguish the fire near the engine, while Officers Jamie Treadwell and Brian Cann used another fire extinguisher to extinguish the fire near the rear of the vehicle,” police said.
Officer Chris Weiner along with firefighters “kept the driver’s airway open” until rescuers including Officers Anthony Buonagurio, Fred Crasa, and Thomas Wassmer used the Jaws of Life to cut the Honda and pull out Nunez.
The driver, who regained consciousness during the rescue, was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital with serious injuries. The one person in the tractor trailer at the time was not injured, police said.
Sixth Squad detectives are investigating the crash and urge anyone with information to call them at 631-854-8652.