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Woman involved in LIE crash pleads not guilty in DWI

Several vehicles, including a minivan and an oil

Several vehicles, including a minivan and an oil tanker, were involved in a chain-reaction crash on the Long Island Expressway near Exit 49 on Friday. Credit: Steve Silverman

An East Meadow woman pleaded not guilty Saturday to a misdemeanor charge that she was driving while intoxicated during an eight-car pileup on the Long Island Expressway.

Suzanne Butler, 45, was released without bail on a misdemeanor DWI charge and her license suspended by Suffolk County Judge Derrick Robinson during an arraignment in First District Court in Central Islip.

Butler did not submit to a chemical test after the crash, and as a result, was charged with DWI, according to her attorney, Thomas Teresky. Teresky would not say why she refused to take the test. She has no prior criminal record.

She and her family declined to comment, but she said in court that she was struck by a tanker truck during the crash Friday night.

“She was in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Teresky said. “She was not the cause of this crash.”

Butler's was among eight vehicles involved in the crash near Exit 49 in Melville when her minivan got stuck underneath an oil tanker, police said.

Traffic had slowed due to a car fire on the shoulder of the road when two vehicles collided, causing a chain reaction that injured six people.

The judge told Butler that she cannot drive until after a license hearing, which is scheduled for Oct. 30 in Hauppauge.

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