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Not guilty plea for alleged drunken driver who hit cop

Nassau police officers packed a Mineola courtroom Wednesday as a suspected drunken driver who struck their fellow officer pleaded not guilty. Rahiem Griffin pleaded not guilty to an eight-count indictment,

News 12 Staff

Jun 19, 2008, 12:41 AM

Updated 5,872 days ago

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Nassau police officers packed a Mineola courtroom Wednesday as a suspected drunken driver who struck their fellow officer pleaded not guilty.
Rahiem Griffin pleaded not guilty to an eight-count indictment, which included vehicular assault and DWI charges. Griffin allegedly struck Officer Kenneth Baribault May 18, after the officer pulled over a different vehicle on the LIE. Baribault remains in intensive care.
Griffin?s lawyer Anthony Colleluori says a fair trial for his client is impossible after Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice?s comments earlier this week. Rice held a press conference announcing a no plea bargain would be offered to Griffin. Colleluori says Rice?s remarks poisoned the jury pool.
Griffin remains held on $20,000 bail and is due back in court August 18.
Baribault is set to be moved to a rehabilitation facility in New Jersey.


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