DWI charges for N.Y. man who hit cop car


HUNTINGTON, N.Y. — An intoxicated Huntington man who had previously been convicted of drunken driving crashed into a Suffolk County police department patrol vehicle, injuring an officer and then fleeing the scene, authorities said.

Malcolm Wenz, 43, had a blood alcohol content of .15 -- nearly twice the permitted level -- when officers located him a short distance from the site of the Sunday accident at Broadway and Monaton Drive in Huntington, police said.

Second Precinct Sgt. Kenneth Macarthur said Officer Steven Rasmussen was on patrol around 6:18 p.m. when Wenz, heading east, crossed into the westbound lane and sideswiped Rasmussen's patrol car.

Rasumussen was flown to Stony Brook University Medical Center, where he was treated for head and neck injuries and released. He was recovering Monday at his home, Macarthur said.

A responding officer located Wenz on foot in front of 226 Broadway and arrested him about a half-hour after the accident, Macarthur said.

Wenz tried to run away when the officer approached him and had physical signs of intoxication -- bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, and a scent of alcohol on his breath, Macarthur said. He was charged with driving while intoxicated, resisting arrest and leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident, police said.

Wenz was arraigned Monday in First District Court, Central Islip, where he pleaded not guilty and was ordered held on $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond. His attorney could not be reached for comment.

Records show Wenz had his license suspended in December 2003 when he was arrested for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol. He was convicted in April 2004 and issued a conditional license the following November.

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