Suffolk police stop unconscious driver on LIE

Suffolk County police had to use their own patrol cars to stop an unconscious driver in Medford Friday afternoon.

Police say they received calls around noon about a 1998 Ford Expedition traveling eastbound at 20 miles an hour down the center lane of the Long Island Expressway. When police caught up to the vehicle around exit 63, they found 38-year-old Southampton resident Stephen Nielsen passed out behind the wheel of the moving car.

Police say they had to use their patrol cars to stop the vehicle, but were still unable to wake Nielsen. Fearing he was having a medical emergency, officers broke into the car where they say they found a crack pipe. Nielsen was taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital before being charged with driving under the influence of drugs.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 5 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login, create an account or subscribe to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."