David Thompson (SCPD)
David Thompson (SCPD)

An alleged drunk driver traveling at 100 mph took Suffolk County police on a high-speed chase early Thursday morning, which ended when the man slammed into a tractor-trailer in Nassau County, police said.

David Thompson, 32, of Far Rockaway, was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, unlawful fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, reckless driving and speeding.

The high-speed pursuit began just before midnight Thursday when highway patrol officers at Route 111 on the Long Island Expressway saw Thompson’s vehicle traveling at speeds of 100 mph or more, police said. Officers followed and attempted a traffic stop but Thompson refused, police said, and continued driving west on the expressway into Nassau.

Nassau County police joined in on the pursuit and also attempted a traffic stop, but Thompson never stopped, police said.

He eventually approached the construction zone at Exit 43, which is closed. Thompson decided to take the service road but spotted traffic and tried to re-enter the LIE before crashing into the tractor-trailer and a Suffolk patrol car, police said.

Thompson, who suffered a minor injury to his hand, was the only one injured in the crash.


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