CENTRAL ISLIP - A Center Moriches man was indicted Thursday on multiple charges, including felony DWI, for allegedly rear-ending a police cruiser last month.
Police say Carlos Morocho, 27, admitted to drinking eight or nine beers before crashing into a patrol car driven by veteran officer Dennis O'Conner on Sunrise Highway. O'Conner suffered a concussion in the crash.
Investigators in court said they recovered a receipt from the night of the crash showing he actually bought four buckets of beer with five or six bottles in each.
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Authorities say Morocho took off into the woods after he crashed into the patrol car. He was caught by K-9 officers and allegedly gave multiple false names.
He pleaded not guilty during his arraignment to charges including felony DWI, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and assault.
According to court records, Morocho has a 2010 conviction for misdemeanor DWI. He had a felony DWI conviction in 2012, and he was convicted in 2013 of failure to use an interlock device that would have prevented him from starting and driving a car after consuming alcohol.
If convicted, Morocho faces up to seven years in prison.