An off-duty New York State police trooper has been accused of driving drunk, crashing into a patrol car driven by a fellow state trooper and trying to flee the scene in Lakeview.

Brendan Murphy was driving a Honda eastbound on the Southern State Parkway when he rear-ended his colleague’s marked vehicle, which was stopped on the right shoulder near the exit for Eagle Avenue at 4:35 a.m. Sunday, police said.

The trooper whose car was struck got out to interview the driver and returned to his patrol car to call for backup when the 28-year-old Bronx man drove off before being pulled over 200 feet away, police said.

Troopers smelled alcohol on Murphy, who failed sobriety tests and was found to have a blood alcohol content of 0.21 percent, more than double the legal limit of 0.08 percent, police said.

The trooper who was struck was taken to Mercy Hospital in Rockville Centre, where he was treated for a minor back injury.

Murphy was charged with driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of a personal injury auto accident. He will be arraigned at First District Court in Hempstead on Aug. 4.

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Murphy, who is assigned to Troop F in upstate Liberty, was suspended from duty, police said.


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