BY BILL MASON. STAFF WRITER
Copyright 2005 Newsday, Inc.
After striking three police cars and continuing to flee until her own car crashed into a drainage ditch, a Huntington Station woman sat back in the driver's seat as officers approached, filled a crack pipe, lit it and took one more toke, police said.
Rena Daquaro, 42, was charged with driving while her ability was impaired by drugs, reckless endangerment, criminal mischief, resisting arrest, and numerous vehicle and traffic law violations.
Det. Sgt. Steve Bluethgen said the incident began about 4 p.m. yesterday when a police car stopped Daquaro's 2003 Ford Mustang for a minor traffic violation and pulled in behind her at Jericho Turnpike and Longfellow Drive.
After the officers got out of their car and approached, "she immediately put the vehicle in reverse and repeatedly backed into their car" at least six times, Bluethgen said. "They had to jump out of the way to avoid being struck."
Daquaro then drove off, leading those officers and others up and down side streets in Huntington Station for about 15 minutes, police said. During that time, she struck a parked car and two other police cars when she drove past them going the wrong way down a one-way street, police said.
The chase ended when she drove into a construction ditch and the car got stuck. While its wheels were still spinning and spewing mud, two police officers approached her, Bluethgen said.
"When they get to the vehicle, she's lighting the crack pipe with a lighter - just mumbling incoherent and staring off into space," Bluethgen said.
Daquaro was arrested and taken to Huntington Hospital, where she was admitted, complaining of difficulty breathing and a wrist injury, police said. Two officers also were treated and released at the hospital for minor injuries.
Bluethgen said he expects Daquaro will be released from the hospital today and arraigned in First District Court, Central Islip.
December 8, 2005
NY woman takes one last toke before arrest