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Street sweeper charged with Southern State DWI

Police say a street sweeper was driving drunk when he led them on a short pursuit Thursday night. State police say Jerry Mitchell, of Brooklyn, was driving erratically in a street sweeper on the Southern

News 12 Staff

Jan 3, 2015, 3:05 AM

Updated 3,430 days ago

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Street sweeper charged with Southern State DWI
Police say a street sweeper was driving drunk when he led them on a short pursuit Thursday night.
State police say Jerry Mitchell, of Brooklyn, was driving erratically in a street sweeper on the Southern State Parkway east of Exit 17.
State police say a trooper tried to pull over Mitchell near Exit 22, but they say Mitchell fled, leading police on a low-speed pursuit in the street sweeper. They say the street sweeper was driving about 35 mph and continued on the Southern State Parkway for about five minutes. Mitchell then pulled over near Exit 26 and surrendered to police.
Mitchell allegedly told police he was in Brooklyn and wanted to go around the block to get candy, but instead got lost. The 48-year-old works as a street sweeper for a private company based out of New Jersey. He was arraigned in Hempstead, where the judge suspended his license.
Mitchell pleaded not guilty to DWI charges. His bail was set at $2,500.
 


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