A Coram man wearing an "I'm a drunk" T-shirt was arrested and charged with drunken driving Thursday morning -- after he crashed into an officer driving on DWI patrol, Suffolk County police said.
A mug shot taken after his arrest shows Kevin Daly, 23, of Coram, wearing a shirt that reads: "I'M NOT AN ALCOHOLIC. I'M A DRUNK. ALCOHOLICS GO TO MEETINGS."
He was charged with driving while intoxicated and with driving with a suspended registration, prosecutors said.
Daly, who was represented by the Legal Aid Society, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in First District Court in Central Islip, where prosecutors said a blood-alcohol breath test showed he had a blood-alcohol level of 0.11. The legal limit is 0.08.
The officer, who wasn't identified, was injured in the crash and was taken to Stony Brook University Medical Center, where he was treated and released, police said.
Police said Daly, driving a 2000 Saturn, attempted to turn right from County Road 83, North Ocean Avenue, onto Route 25A in Mount Sinai just before 2 a.m. Thursday when he struck the marked patrol car as it headed east on Route 25A.
According to Suffolk district attorney spokesman Bob Clifford, an officer noted Daly had bloodshot, glassy eyes, slurred speech, smelled of alcohol and was unsteady on his feet.
Clifford said Daly told police at the scene, "I tried to stop but I was going too fast for my brakes to stop on the wet road."
He also said Daly told officers that he had two or three beers and "I deserve whatever I get. I was drinking and driving."
Daly is being held in Suffolk County Jail on $10,000 bail. He is due back in court Nov. 23.