Friday, May 23, 2008

Call for a tow leads to DWI arrest for tow truck driver

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White Plains police call for a tow, charge tow truck driver with DWI

Richard Liebson
The Journal News

WHITE PLAINS - A tow truck driver was arrested on a drunken-driving charge last night when cops said he hit a police car and injured a sergeant after he was called to tow a recovered stolen sport-utility vehicle.

The bizarre incident occurred at 11:35 p.m., after a 2003 GMC Suburban that had been reported stolen from Greenburgh was found abandoned in a yard on Hunt Place.

Cops called the New York Collision Center, 25 Irving Place, White Plains, for a tow truck to impound the the vehicle and the truck arrived a short time later.

The driver, Sean O'Brien, 40, of 1200 Midland Ave., Bronxville, had no trouble hooking up the car, police said, but sideswiped a police car parked on the street as he was driving away. According to the police report, the sergeant sitting inside, whose name was not released, suffered back and shoulder injuries.

O'Brien got out of the tow truck and was standing on the street when another officer at the scene approached him and smelled alcohol on his breath.

Asked to take a sobriety test, O'Brien replied, "I'm not taking any damn tests,'' the police report said, noting that he slurred his words as he spoke.

He was then taken to police headquarters, where he was charged with driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor. The tow truck was picked up by another driver.

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