COPIAGUE - Police have arrested a Babylon man for DWI after his vehicle struck a telephone pole in Copiague early this morning.
According to police, Elmer Santos-Cardoza, 24, was driving a Dodge pickup truck eastbound on Sunrise Highway, east of Great Neck Road, at approximately 3 a.m. when he lost control of the vehicle and struck a telephone pole.
Police say upon impact, Santos-Cardoza and his two passengers, Melvin Mansonarez, 20, of Babylon, and Jose Santamaria, 20, of Babylon, were ejected from the vehicle.
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After being ejected from the vehicle, police say Santamaria was struck by a car. Santamaria was transported via helicopter to Stony Brook University Hospital. He is being treated for serious injuries.
Santos-Cardoza and Mansonarez were transported to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip where they are being treated for serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
Santos-Cardoza was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated. He will be arraigned at a later date at First District Court in Central Islip.