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Drunk Driver Slams 2 Parked Cars, Snaps Utility Pole in Plainview

Driver escapes through windshield; Manetto Hill Road closed for two hours after incident.

A drunk driver lost control of his vehicle and wreaked havoc along a busy stretch of Manetto Hill Road in Plainview Monday morning, Nassau County Police said.

The driver, who has not yet been identified, slammed into two parked cars and snapped a utility pole in half before coming to a stop on a side walk.

With stunned eyewitnesses looking on at the Manetto Hill Mall, the driver then freed himself from the wreckage through a hole in his windshield, authorities said. No one else was hurt.

The crash occurred just after 8:33 a.m. Monday when the silver Hyundai began careening along the roadway, striking several street signs and the parked cars.

The driver struck the utility pole, which snapped, dropping live electrical wires to the ground. The car clipped a tree before coming to a stop, authorities said.

The injured man was able to climb out of a large hole in the windshield. He was transported to Nassau County Medical Center. His condition could not be learned.

Nassau police said the driver, whose name has not yet been released, will be charged with driving while intoxicated.

and secured the busy shopping area along Manetto Hill Road, which was closed both directions until crews from LIPA could secure and repair the downed wires.

SueRH April 11, 2011 at 06:14 PM
Newsday is reporting that he was drunk. Who is drunk at 8:30 in the morning???
Joe Dowd (Editor) April 11, 2011 at 08:05 PM
SueRH: Thanks for the comment. Police just told me they are, in fact, charging the driver with DWI and processing him now. I've updated the story and will update again when the suspect is identified.
Shelle April 12, 2011 at 03:27 PM
Are u kidding me, drunk monday at 8;30 am. why the hell was he driving and accident could have been worst if he hit a school bus. what a jerk.
Maxwell Smart April 12, 2011 at 05:20 PM
The thought comes to me that the most profitable action for all to take is to pray for this individual.
Shelle April 12, 2011 at 07:47 PM
Yeah I'll pray. I also pray that he pays and gets what he deserves for the damages he caused.
Niki April 21, 2011 at 03:48 AM
Thank God that no one was hurt especially that early that buses are on the road bringing our kids to school!!!THANK GOD!!!
Paula Esposito April 24, 2011 at 07:24 AM
Did they ever release the identity of the person involved in this accident?

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