Driving Instructor Was Drunk Behind Wheel Before Crash 

A boozed-up driving instructor from Long Island was so reckless behind that wheel that his students got out of the car and hid in a McDonald’s before he rear-ended another driver and got arrested, police said.

“I’m happy to be alive,” one of the students, 16-year-old Matt McGeough told Newsday.

Suffolk Auto Driving School instructor Russell Cohen, 58, was driving McGeough and three other teens in Centereach on Saturday morning when the pupils suspected he was drunk, cops said.

Cohen made inappropriate comments to two of the teenage girls in the car and hit a curb during the lesson, the teens told Newsday.

They convinced him to pull into a McDonald’s on Middle Country Road and called 911 at about 11 a.m., authorities said.

“We jumped out as soon as possible,” student Lila Mabanta, told the Long Island newspaper.

Cohen realized the students weren’t coming out of the McDonald’s and drove away from the restaurant, police said.

He rear-ended a 29-year-old Honda driver about 45 minutes later on Montauk Trail in Ridge, cops said. The Honda driver was taken to a local hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Cohen was arrested on aggravated DWI and endangering the welfare of a child charges, police said.

Source: NY Post; Driving instructor was drunk behind wheel before crash by: Ben Feuerherd

Judge arrested for breaking into home, swiping woman’s panties

It’s first-degree panty larceny.

A Long Island judge got caught with his robes down Thursday after he broke into a neighbor’s house and took off in possession of a pair of women’s panties, a report said.

Suffolk County Judge Robert Cicale snuck into the East Islip home at around 9 a.m. but fled once he realized a 23-year-old women was inside, according to Newsday.

The woman called 911 and gave them a description of Cicale.

Cops then discovered the judge outside the home and with the undies on his person, the paper said.

“He was found with . . . soiled female undergarments. We don’t know if these were the proceeds from the burglary today or a previous break-in,” Acting Commissioner Stuart Cameron told Newsday.

Cicale was charged with second-degree burglary.

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Naked man dies after cops taser him twice

A nude, blood-drenched, and apparently high Long Island man died early Saturday after he was Tasered twice by cops, Nassau County police said.

Walter Perez, 36, a restaurant worker, screamed and banged on the walls of his basement apartment, leading his landlord to call 911 just after 2 a.m., said cops.

When officers arrived, Perez was “naked, covered in blood and acting as if he was on a mind altering substance,” said police.

Perez repeatedly threatened the officers, Nassau cops said.

The two Taser hits officers fired at Perez had no effect, police said. It took four cops to subdue and handcuff him.

Perez then stopped breathing, said police. He was was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The officers were treated for exposure to bodily fluids.

“This is an extremely unfortunate circumstance,” Det. Lt. Richard LeBrun said in a statement, calling the officers’ actions appropriate.

He said Perez was belligerent, and officers couldn’t control him.

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Man loses part of his leg in wood chipper accident

Authorities say a 72-year-old Long Island man has lost part of his leg after it got caught in a wood chipper he was operating.

Suffolk County police say Robert Fischer was using a wood chipper outside his West Babylon home around noon Sunday when his leg got caught in the machine. Officers say his son was able to free his father from the machinery but the elder man suffered a partial leg amputation.

He was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip. Information on his condition hasn’t been released.

Police say the wood chipper was impounded for a safety check and the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration was notified.

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