HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. (AP) — A police officer who made a daring leap to stop a crane truck that smashed into four vehicles on the Long Island Expressway says the giant machine was “like a tank going down the road.”
Police say 47-year-old Brian Sinclair went about 9 miles (14 kilometers) after barreling through traffic around 6:20 p.m. Tuesday in Ronkonkoma. They say the allegedly intoxicated driver only surrendered once Officer Joseph Goss jumped into the cab.
The 35-year-old Goss says he went into “panic mode” as the crane neared a heavily used exit, fearing that Sinclair was going to crash and kill someone.
Goss and three drivers were treated for minor injuries.
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Sinclair was arraigned Wednesday on charges of driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident.
His lawyer says he’s innocent.