Brian Sinclair

Suffolk County Police

Crane Driver Arrested For DWI After Crashing Into Cars On Long Island Expressway, Police Say

July 12, 2018 - 1:34 pm

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. (WCBS 880/AP) -- A police officer leaped into a crane and stopped it after authorities said the alleged intoxicated driver smashed into four vehicles on the Long Island Expressway.

Suffolk County police say 47-year-old Brian Sinclair, of Riverhead, went about 9 miles from Exit 60 to Exit 63 after barreling through traffic around 6:20 p.m. Tuesday in Ronkonkoma. One car appeared to be mangled and crushed.

Police say Sinclair wouldn't stop when the crane was surrounded by police vehicles. They say he only surrendered once Officer Joseph Goss got out of his vehicle, jumped into the crane truck's cab, drew his weapon, and ordered the driver to stop.

"I was really concerned that if this guy continued on eastbound he would've killed somebody," Goss said. "The only thing he said to me the entire time was, 'What's up?' At no point did he ever say another word to me."

Officer Joseph Goss
Sophia Hall/WCBS 880

Sinclair faces charges of driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident.

The crane has been impounded.
Goss and three drivers were treated for minor injuries.
If officer Goss's name sounds familiar that's because he jumped into another moving car in December 2016 to stop an alleged drunken mother who was driving with her toddler.
(© 2018 WCBS 880. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)