Alleged Drunk Crane Driver Obliterates Cars on LIE: Police

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  • Police say a drunk driver operating a construction crane hit four cars on the Long Island Expressway Tuesday evening

  • Brian Sinclair, 47, of Riverhead, was arrested after an officer leaped into the crane and demanded him to stop

  • The officer and three of the four drivers of the cars hit suffered minor injuries

Police say a drunk man driving a construction crane left a trail of destruction on the Long Island Expressway, hitting four cars and completely obliterating one of them.

Brian Sinclair, 47, of Riverhead, was arrested by exit 63 on the LIE after a highway patrol officer spotted him driving erratically and gave chase, according to Suffolk County police. When the crane Sinclair was driving slowed down, the officer leaped into the passenger seat and demanded he stop, which he did near exit 63, police said.

Officials say Sinclair was driving a 2000 Liebherr crane on the LIE in Ronkonkoma on Tuesday evening when he hit a Nissan Altima, then smacked into a Jeep Cherokee, and then barreled into a Honda Civic before striking a Toyota RAV4 and driving off. It was a short time later when the officer spotted the crane and got it to stop.

Three drivers in the cars that were hit along with the officer who got the crane to stop suffered minor injuries and were taken to an area hospital to be treated, authorities said.

Sinclair is charged with driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident, Suffolk County cops said. The crane was impounded.

Attorney information for Sinclair wasnt immediately clear. He will be arraigned in a Long Island courtroom on Wednesday.

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