2009-10-30 / Top Stories

DWI Driver Sentenced In Rockaway Cop MVA

By Howard Schwach

A Long Island man was sentenced this week to five-to-ten years for driving drunk and injuring a Far Rockaway cop earlier this year.

Luis Toledo-Alverado, 42, of Farmingdale on Long Island pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular assault, reckless driving and aggravated driving in Nassau County Court for his involvement in a February 8, 2009 motor vehicle accident in which Sergeant Greg Piquette, assigned to the 100 Precinct in Rockaway Beach, was seriously injured after his SUV was hit head-on by a drunken driver on the Southern State Parkway, according to police.

Piquette fractured both of his hips, his right leg and right ankle when his car was hit by an SUV that jumped the divider, police said.

Piquette was driving in a westbound lane on his way to work in Rockaway.

He told police that he saw a car crash through the guardrail from the eastbound lane. "I heard a loud oise and I saw a car up in the air," the cop said. "I didn't see it come down, I just felt the impact."

Toledo-Alvarado was charged with felony driving while intoxicated and aggravated vehicular assault, as well as reckless endangerment.

Nassau court sources say that his blood alcohol content was .21 percent, nearly three times the legal limit.

Toledo-Alverado was airlifted to Nassau University Medical Center with a collapsed lung and a fractured leg. He was arraigned on the charges in the hospital.

Both men became trapped in their vehicle after the accident, requiring rescue from the Uniondale Fire Department.

Piquette told reporters that he is in constant pain and will probably never fully recover.

He had hoped to retain his position with the New York City Police Department, but his injuries seem to make that impossible.

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