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Man charged with drunken driving in Holbrook crash, Suffolk police say

A man was arrested on drunken driving charges following a Thursday morning single-vehicle crash in Holbrook that saw a female passenger ejected from the SUV, Suffolk County police said.

Police have not released the identities of the driver or passenger, but said the woman was transported to South Shore University Hospital in Bay Shore with what were described as "non-life-threatening" injuries.

In a Thursday morning news conference with Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone to discuss the county's response to the snowstorm hitting the region, Police Chief of Department Stuart Cameron said the crash was one of more than 30 active crashes countywide just after 8 a.m.

Nassau County did not immediately have reportable crash numbers.

Police said the Holbrook crash, reported at 8:10 a.m., involved a Ford Explorer that struck the center median and overturned, forcing the closure of all westbound lanes of the Sunrise Highway between Broadway and Lincoln Avenue.

The state Department of Transportation 511NY website showed the roadway had reopened by 11 a.m.

A chain-reaction crash, involving what Cameron described as a number of "smaller crashes" in the same immediate area, also forced the closure of westbound Sunrise Highway at Route 231 in North Babylon at 8:26 a.m., the 511NY website reported. Police said the incidents involved five separate crashes in the area, with drivers crashing as they attempted to avoid a prior crash involving two vehicles.

Two people were transported to a hospital with minor injuries, police said.

The state Transportation Department reported the scene was cleared and the road reopened before 10:30 a.m.

"It's clear there's no early spring for us," Bellone said at the morning news conference, adding: "All of these accidents are an indication of what road conditions are like. . . . They are also a reminder to us of how important it is [if] you're out on the roadways to drive carefully."

Cameron said: "This is the kind of storm we always don't like to see. People look out in the morning and they don't see bad weather conditions and they opt to go to work and then the storm intensifies throughout the day . . . If you can stay home today, it's a very good idea to stay home."

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