Lynbook Man Injures Officer While Driving Under the Influence

A Lynbrook man struck and injured an officer in a head on collision while he was driving under the influence of alcohol, cops say.

A Nassau County Police Officer was traveling eastbound on Waverly Avenue when he was struck head on by a 2006 Toyota driven by Vincent Rossi, 19, of Lynbrook on Sunday according to authorities.

Responding police officials found Rossi had driven the car while he was under the influence of alcohol, cops said.

When police investigated further they discovered two switch blade knives, a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana, many red and white capsules thought to be steroids and a small glass injectable vial with an unknown liquid substance were found in the center console of the automobile, police said.

The passenger Dhobrinshky Gracia, 19, of 73 Sherman Street, Lynbrook was also placed under arrest according to authorities.

While continuing the investigation, cops found out that Rossi had a counterfeit Florida’s driver’s license in his possession and  Gracia had two counterfeit Pennsylvania drivers’ licenses as well, police said.

The injured officer was transported to a local hospital where he was treated and released.

Rossi is being charged with Forgery, Criminal Possession of a Control Substance, Possession of a Dangerous Weapon, Driving While Intoxicated and Excessive Tint on Windows.  Defendant Gracia is charged with Forgery, Criminal Possession of a Control Substance and Possession of a Dangerous Weapon.

They will be arraigned on Sunday, May 27, 2012 at First District Court, Hempstead.