Rocky Point Man Gets 2 Years for Head-on Drugged-driving Crash

A Rocky Point man was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison for driving while high on heroin when he crashed head-on into another vehicle, seriously injuring a woman in Shoreham two years ago.

Denis Karachopan had pleaded guilty in 2013 at Suffolk County court to charges of vehicular assault, operating a vehicle while impaired by drugs, heroin possession and failure to stay in lane.

Police had said that the 24-year-old was driving his BMW westbound on Route 25A when he crossed into the opposite lane of traffic and hit an eastbound Nissan shortly after 11 a.m. Feb. 6, 2013.

Investigators discovered heroin and drug paraphernalia in his vehicle. The victim suffered two broken legs and other injuries, but her then-3-week-old infant, who was also in the car, was not hurt.

Prosecutors had recommended a six-year prison term for Karachopan.

Judge Richard Ambro also sentenced Karachopan to three years of probation and suspended his driver’s license for six months.

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