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Woman rescued from tracks charged with DWI

Police rescued a woman Friday evening by pulling

Police rescued a woman Friday evening by pulling her from her car moments before it was crushed by a Long Island Rail Road passenger train in Bay Shore, Suffolk police said. (Jan. 27, 2012) Photo Credit: MTA Police Dept

A woman rescued Friday by police less than a minute before her car was crushed by a Long Island Rail Road train in Bay Shore was arraigned on drunken-driving charges Saturday, and a judge set bail at $5,000.

Laurie Foulke, 43, appeared before Acting County Court Judge Gaetan Lozito in First District Court in Central Islip to face a charge of driving while intoxicated.

Prosecutors said Foulke, who lives with her two children in Islandia, had a blood-alcohol content of .08 percent -- the legal limit -- when arrested. She said nothing in court, where authorities said she was represented by the Suffolk County Legal Aid Society.

The judge suspended her license, and her next court appearance was scheduled for Thursday.

About 5 p.m. Friday, Foulke drove her Volkswagen Jetta south on Brentwood Road, turned left at a railroad crossing and drove onto the tracks, police said.

Police said a bystander called at 20 seconds after 5 p.m. about a driver being unable to free a car from the railroad tracks.

About four minutes after that call, Suffolk County Police Officers Christopher Palazzo and Jereme Matthews responded and, with the train in sight, requested that Suffolk dispatchers call the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and request that the train be stopped, Sgt. Karen Ryan said.

After making it to the car, the officers freed Foulke; and all three ran to safety.

About 45 seconds later, the train slammed into the Jetta, Ryan said. The collision sent the car "flying across the tracks," police said.

There were no injuries, but the train was delayed about an hour and 40 minutes before continuing to Montauk, MTA officials said.

With Candice Ruud

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