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Cops ID Driver in High Speed Chase, Crash off LIE

Cops: Drunk driver chased from Hauppauge at speeds exceeding 100 mph.

Police have identified the driver charged in a high speed DWI that ended in a crash on the Long Island Expressway's Service Road in Syosset Thursday morning.

David Thompson, 32, of Far Rockaway, faces DWI, reckless driving, and speeding charges after police say they engaged him in a high speed chase across county lines and into a Syosset construction site. Cops have said Thompson was drunk at the time of the chase.

Just after midnight Thursday, Suffolk highway patrol officers in Hauppauge clocked Thompson's car driving at more than 100 miles per hour heading westbound on the LIE, cops said.

Officers attempted to stop the vehicle, which kept driving despite police efforts. Highway officers chased the Thompson from Exit 56 in Hauppauge into Nassau County.

When the car reached Exit 43 in Syosset, cops said Thompson tried to maneuver around traffic on the service road by re-entering the highway. It was there that Thompson crashed into a tractor-trailer and then into a police vehicle. Police apprehended Thompson there. The suspect sustained a minor injury to the hand.

Officers and the driver of the truck Thompson reportedly hit escaped unharmed, cops said.

Thompson is charged with DWI, unlawful fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, reckless driving, and speeding.

Dorothy A Whalen February 28, 2013 at 07:27 PM
Let's see what his punishment will be. All is a waste, if the Judge doesn't lock him up and destroy his drivers license ( if indeed, he has one ) Impound the car... is it registered under his name? From Far Rockaway to Hauppauge, why....... did he work out there? Visiting someone, making a deal...... More and more we have this problem, and instead of some quick and strict penalties and methods, we get slaps on hands, oh they need to drive for work....... etc.......

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