A woman was arrested Thursday night and charged with driving while intoxicated after the minivan she was driving rear-ended an unoccupied Suffolk County police car that had been parked, as a protective measure for highway workers, in a westbound travel lane of Sunrise Highway in East Patchogue, police said.
Only a few details of the 10:20 p.m. accident were available Friday morning, and there were no reports of injuries, a Suffolk police spokeswoman said.
The Highway Patrol Safe-T Section cruiser had been parked in the right lane of the Sunrise Highway near Hospital Road. The lane had been closed as a buffer zone, to control traffic and protect highway workers.
As Heller's minivan approached the parked police car, she swerved to a left lane but was unable to do so in time and her minivan collided with the rear end of cruiser and badly damaged it, police said.
With Bill Mason