Long Island, New York (NewYorkInjuryNews.com) — It has been confirmed that driver who was charged for ramming his Mercedes into a Nassau police cruiser at the expressway of Long Island last month was inebriated according to prosecutors. However, according to Anthony J. Colleluori, the defense lawyer for the accused Rahiem Griffin, 27, said that the defendant was not drinking alcohol.
Colleluori stated that his client was awake for nearly twenty four hours during the time of crash. An indictment was provided by the grand jury of Nassau yesterday said that Griffin was being charged with second degree vehicle assault while ramming his vehicle into the patrol car of police officer Kenneth Baribault. Officer Baribault was critically injured. A medical test of Griffith showed an alcohol level of 0.13% at the time of the crash–beyond the permissible limit of 0.08%.
According to Kathleen Rice, a Nassau district attorney, said that the driver was beyond the legal limit and above all, he was driving a car while drinking. However, Colleluori said that the accused was not drinking alcohol. He also added that he does not know how to get fair judgment at the Nassau county court.
As a part of indictment, Griffin was booked for rash driving and driving while under the influence of alcohol and above all, driving a vehicle without a license. After the collision, Griffin came out from his silver Mercedes CLK320 and threw the contents of a juice bottle on the road.
However, according to toxic tests taken from the juice, it was found that the juice contained 40 proof of Vodka. According to the sister of injured police officer, Danielle Rella, Griffin showed his gross negligence as a driver while hitting the vehicle of Baribault and injuring him badly.
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