Street Sweeper
A street sweeper was arrested for drunken driving, state police said. (Photo credit: New York State Police)
An “erratic” driving street sweeper was arrested for drunken driving Thursday night following a low-speed chase on the Southern State Parkway, state police said.

Following a five-minute pursuit between Exits 22 and 26, Jerry Mitchell, 48, of Brooklyn was arrested and charged with aggravated DWI. His blood alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit, state police said in a news release.

State police began receiving reports of an “erratic street sweeper” traveling east on the Southern State Parkway just before 8 p.m. on New Year’s Day. A trooper found the vehicle near Exit 22 and tried to pull it over, but the driver allegedly fled, continuing eastbound at 35 miles per hour, police said.

The trooper pursued the vehicle for about five minutes until it came to a stop west of Exit 26 and the driver surrendered, police said.

Mitchell was also charged with aggravated unlicensed operation along with other unspecified traffic infractions.

He was transported to Nassau County detention, where he was held for a Friday morning arraignment.

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