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Police: Man charged with hitting pole that cop drove into

A Bay Shore man drove off Wednesday after hitting a street pole in North Great River, and soon after, a patrol car responding to the accident crashed into the tip of the dangling pole, Suffolk police said.

The utility pole, hanging 4 feet above Connetquot Avenue and Amityville Street, smashed through the driver's side windshield, said Sgt. James Scimone of the Third Precinct crime section.

The officer was responding to the crash on Connetquot Avenue when she hit the pole just after 4:25 a.m., police said.

It's not clear why the officer didn't see the pole, but she may have been looking to the side, the sergeant said, and by the time she saw the pole there was no time to avoid it.

"She drove right into the tip of the pole," Scimone said. "Who expected a pole to be hanging four feet over the road? It just missed her."

The officer suffered a concussion and bruising, but she was treated at Southside Hospital in Bay Shore and released, police said.

After an investigation, crime section officers Wednesday night arrested Michael Rossiello, 27, of 1384 Lombardi Blvd. His 1998 Ford Ranger showed "substantial damage" and was impounded, police said.

He was driving north on Connetquot Avenue when he hit the pole about 4:10 a.m., police said.

Rossiello was held overnight to be arraigned Thursday on charges of leaving the scene of an accident, aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, second-degree reckless endangerment and third-degree reckless assault.

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