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DWI Suspect Charged With Hitting Officer, Fleeing

Theresa Finnin-Hunt
Theresa Finnin-Hunt

A Sea Cliff woman was arrested for allegedly hitting a Suffolk County police officer with her car and fleeing the scene while driving drunk in Hauppauge on Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.

Officer Dennis Hendrickson was standing on the shoulder of the Long Island Expressway while directing traffic after a crash near exit 56 when he signaled for a Volkswagen to slow down, but the driver, Theresa Finnin-Hunt, hit the officer on his right arm and hand as he tried to get out of her way shortly after 2 p.m., police said.

Officers pulled the 52-year-old woman over on the service road near Wicks Road in Brentwood shortly later. She was charged with reckless endangerment, reckless driving, driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of an accident with personal injury and unlawful fleeing of a police officer.

Officer Hendrickson was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Finnin-Hunt will be arraigned Wednesday at First District Court in Central Islip.

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