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Suffolk PD: Erratic LIE driver nabbed after chase

A tow truck driver for the Suffolk Police Department helped catch a driver who police say was wildly out of control on the Long Island Expressway. Just before 11 a.m. Monday morning, Officer Thomas

News 12 Staff

Jan 7, 2015, 8:24 AM

Updated 3,428 days ago

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Suffolk PD: Erratic LIE driver nabbed after chase
A tow truck driver for the Suffolk Police Department helped catch a driver who police say was wildly out of control on the Long Island Expressway.
Just before 11 a.m. Monday morning, Officer Thomas Joy heard a report over the police scanner about an SUV weaving on the LIE. A police tow truck operator first spotted 49-year-old Ronald Terlizzese near Exit 62. He followed him until Officer Joy came onto the scene near Exit 57.
"I get behind the SUV and sure enough, he's in all lanes of traffic -- to the right to the left. He's almost hitting other cars. He almost hit the barrier," Joy told News 12.
After pulling next to the erratic driver, Joy says he suspected the driver was under the influence and dangerous to other drivers in the area.
With the help of his partner - who was driving on a blown out tire - the officers were able to stop and arrest Terlizzese.
He was charged with first-degree driving under the influence of drugs and received seven summonses for various vehicle and traffic violations.


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