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Police: Drunken driver fled crash, left behind injured passenger

A Hampton Bays man bypassed a car's interlock device to drive drunk and on a suspended license when he crashed Wednesday in East Quogue, and then left the accident scene with his seriously injured passenger alone in the vehicle, police said.

Edward C. Triggs, 47, is charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a felony; leaving the scene of an accident with serious injury, also a felony; circumventing an interlock device; driving while intoxicated; and making an unsafe lane change, according to news release from Southampton Town police.

His passenger, a woman, 50, was taken by taken by East Quogue Fire Rescue to a nearby hospital, police said.

There was no immediate information on her injuries, but police said she "was trapped inside the vehicle suffering from serious physical injury" when they arrived at the scene at about 10:45 p.m.

Police said Triggs was driving a 2012 Toyota Prius west on Montauk Highway, just east of Shinnecock Avenue, when he collided with a telephone pole and a tree.

When officers from Southampton Town police and Quogue Village police arrived they found Triggs had run from the scene, leaving his injured passenger.

Officers found Triggs "a short distance from where the accident occurred," according to the release.

The investigation led to closure of Montauk Highway between Shinnecock Avenue in East Quogue and Jones Road, in Hampton Bays, until just before dawn, police said.

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