Suffolk PD: Smithtown SD teacher rear-ended police cruiser, charged with DWI

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Police say a Medford man who's a sixth-grade teacher in the Smithtown Central School District was charged with DWI after slamming his pickup truck into a Suffolk County police cruiser.

Investigators say 43-year-old Brian Eddington was driving on the northbound side of Nicolls Road in Holtsville around 9 p.m. Thursday when he slammed into the cruiser.

Officials say the cruiser was pulled onto the side of the road and had its lights flashing. The officer inside was responding to a previous crash at that location. The officer was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

Eddington refused to comment while leaving Central Islip court Friday. He had his driver's license suspended and was released without bail.

Medford neighbors called Eddington a devoted family man.

The Smithtown School District confirmed that Eddington works as a science teacher at Nesaquake Middle School in St. James. Eddington's defense attorney says he's been with the district for more than a decade.

The district says Eddington has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

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