Nassau cop hit by drunk driver during...

Nassau cop hit by drunk driver during traffic stop

There are 236 comments on the Newsday story from May 18, 2008, titled Nassau cop hit by drunk driver during traffic stop. In it, Newsday reports that:

The accident happened at 5:50 a.m. on the eastbound lane by the Sunnyside Boulevard overpass near Exit 46 and halted traffic for more than five hours.

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Sensible One

Brooklyn, NY

#119 May 18, 2008
The 75% quote is another way of saying this young officer would retire early on a 3/4 pension. Really, it's little consolation because if he's making 60-70K a year, he'll walk away with 45K a year tax free. You can't live on the island on just that. Plus if he gets a second job on his own, how will that affect his pension? Disabled is disabled. But he deserves more.
Your an idiot

United States

#121 May 18, 2008
HAHA wrote:
Drunk driving laws are unconstitutional...thats what he gets for enforcing them!!
YOU ARE AN ASS AND SHOULD ROT IN HELL. One can only wish one of your family members die by a drunk driver.

Speedy recovery to the police officer and best wishes to his family.
wow

South Salem, NY

#122 May 18, 2008
Different scenerio. The cop killed elected to drive with the drunk cop...
hmmm wrote:
bet the drunk driver who hit the cop will get more jail time then the off duty cop who killed her fellow colleague cop and got a year
Scrubs

Norwalk, CT

#123 May 18, 2008
I saw too many young men hurt 40 years ago as a young Marine in Vietnam. My prayers are out to this officer. Get well Officer Baribault. While I was in bed snoring you were working to keep us safe. God bless your service.
not all DWI the same

Jersey City, NJ

#124 May 18, 2008
prefer not to say wrote:
I was pulled over by nassau county police for drunk driving twice....it ruined many things in my life. I am still "paying" for it now. While I didn't appreciate it at the time the police did their job and got me off of the road for a few years, getting rides for years really sucked especially since I had to take a low paying job even though I am extremely skilled in my field but I deserved it. It is mostly gone now and I dont even have a sip of beer and drive, just can't risk it and its not worth the trouble. What they really need to do is make ANY level of drunk driving a felony, not these lower levels of drunk driving. This would be much harder to deal with in court one reason is that lawyers for felony charges cost a lot more. Nothing will eliminate drunk driving even making it a controlled substance.
And to the person who said something about suspended license drivers.... most suspensions are for parking tickets etc not for actually driving bad.....most of our immigrant workers here have no license at all and they dont get in too many drunk driving accidents statistics wise not headline wise
just my 2 cents
You're an idiot! I don't believe that first time offenders who have been on the right side of the law the entire time should and who do not hurt themselves or anyone else should be judged in the same boat as you - who had a DWI twice. Felony for all? Mandatory 5 year sentence for all? I think not... especially when so many defense attorneys around the county have been successfully proving in court that Breathalyzer machines in Nassau and Suffolk are often calibrated to produce higher readings in order to get more and more people above that .08. There is a lot of revenue generated by DWI with fines, probation, etc.- and incentives for police officers who make DWI arrests - like an additional paid day off. Wake up people - it's SO easy to judge until something like getting pulled over for a DWI happens to you and you're completely surprised because you've only had two beers. It's unfortunate that these wasted morons are out there causing accidents - but I implore all to judge each case individually. Harsher penalties for DWI are not going to change the fact that people thing they are INVINCIBLE until something happens to them.
not all DWI the same

Jersey City, NJ

#125 May 18, 2008
Prayers to the injured officer and his family.
rcs

United States

#127 May 18, 2008
6 o'clock in the morning? Dummies!
Lib Hater

Bronx, NY

#128 May 18, 2008
Sharpton must be happy.
sHORT bUS bOB

Bronx, NY

#129 May 18, 2008
HAHA wrote:
Drunk driving laws are unconstitutional...thats what he gets for enforcing them!!
Wow.
prefer not to say

Spring Valley, NY

#130 May 18, 2008
not all DWI the same wrote:
<quoted text>
You're an idiot! I don't believe that first time offenders who have been on the right side of the law the entire time should and who do not hurt themselves or anyone else should be judged in the same boat as you - who had a DWI twice. Felony for all? Mandatory 5 year sentence for all? I think not... especially when so many defense attorneys around the county have been successfully proving in court that Breathalyzer machines in Nassau and Suffolk are often calibrated to produce higher readings in order to get more and more people above that .08. There is a lot of revenue generated by DWI with fines, probation, etc.- and incentives for police officers who make DWI arrests - like an additional paid day off. Wake up people - it's SO easy to judge until something like getting pulled over for a DWI happens to you and you're completely surprised because you've only had two beers. It's unfortunate that these wasted morons are out there causing accidents - but I implore all to judge each case individually. Harsher penalties for DWI are not going to change the fact that people thing they are INVINCIBLE until something happens to them.
well I got caught and admit i did something wrong. You got caught and obviously haven't come to the realization that even a sip is bad even if you have been on the right side of the law, you just werent caught earlier making you feel INVINCIBLE. Anyway watch cops or trutv...."how many beers have you had" "two"....the usual response. Your intelligence drops with every word of your comment. Harsher penalties will work when you drinking two beers gets you in jail for 5 years...im all for it. No one should get off endangering the general public I didn't, paid in other ways than jail and am happy my government did something to me :) Im rare though, everyone who gets pulled over thinks they didn't do anything, until they see the tape and we need more of that on the roads.
Old Guzzler

Norwalk, CT

#131 May 18, 2008
I caught a DWI some years ago. No accident, just a pull over for a light out. The money involved and the 3-year's probation were a horror. I blew just better than a two dot zip and only my service as a young Marine kept me out of the county lockup.

I'm retired now and sometimes take the bus to my favorite OTB saloon in East Meadow (Potter's Pub). A few good drinks with friends are nice. Grabbing the bus or a cab to get back home is better.

It's a shame you have to become an old fart to become just a tad smart.
NYCBlue

Bronx, NY

#132 May 18, 2008
JJJ wrote:
there is a way to try and catch the dwis before they get behind the wheel,police should park outside the bars etc,then you will see maybe a downturn on drunk driving.but of course the merchants will cry that it takes away from there all mighty $$$$$$
The problem is that when you go to court after a car stop like this the defense crys that you had no reason to stop their client and the liberal judges let the moron go.
NYCBlue

Bronx, NY

#133 May 18, 2008
dca wrote:
<quoted text>
Prayers here for the officer's speedy recovery.
The Crown Vic may have had the $25 fix for the exploding gas tank (i think it was plastic covers for the bolts that would otherwise puncture the gas tank).
But i couldn't help but to notice that the front end of the Mercedes didnt buckle anywhere as near as much the rear end of the Crown Vic, a supposedly "safe" full-size car.
This is not a cheer for Mercedes ( i dont particularly care for them ), it is more an observation about the structural integrity of the Crown Vic).
drive safe (i.e. look out for the early A.M. drunks)!!
it was an impala....not a crown vic!!
Long Islander in Texas

Fort Worth, TX

#134 May 18, 2008
whaaat wrote:
While unfortunate for those injured, do not be suprised if a new law comes out regarding drunk drivers
It just seems that if something either happens to a publicly elected official or any other member of the civilian force, law makers bring out bills out of the wood work.
GOD knows you can't possibly be trying to make a point with that assinine statement.
Long Islander in Texas

Fort Worth, TX

#135 May 18, 2008
HAHA wrote:
Drunk driving laws are unconstitutional...thats what he gets for enforcing them!!
what's the matter...nobody paying any attention to you these days???
Another Brother

Springfield Gardens, NY

#136 May 18, 2008
Godspeed Officer Baribault. You are in our prayers.
Wilhelm Screams

West Bloomfield, MI

#138 May 18, 2008
Better Luck wrote:
Until alcohol is made an illegal and controlled substance you are going to have these things happen!
You should brush up on history, it was called "Prohibition". It didn't work. It did however make gangsters lots of money.
not all DWI the same

Jersey City, NJ

#139 May 18, 2008
prefer not to say wrote:
<quoted text>
well I got caught and admit i did something wrong. You got caught and obviously haven't come to the realization that even a sip is bad even if you have been on the right side of the law, you just werent caught earlier making you feel INVINCIBLE. Anyway watch cops or trutv...."how many beers have you had" "two"....the usual response. Your intelligence drops with every word of your comment. Harsher penalties will work when you drinking two beers gets you in jail for 5 years...im all for it. No one should get off endangering the general public I didn't, paid in other ways than jail and am happy my government did something to me :) Im rare though, everyone who gets pulled over thinks they didn't do anything, until they see the tape and we need more of that on the roads.
I learned two lessons, the second one after reading your comment.

Corruption exists.

People are still very naive about the "ways of the world."

Nobody is going to make a DWI a mandatory jail term when the government can get lots of $$$ out of DWI arrests. How much did you pay in fines both to the DMV and to Nassau County? How much did you pay for probation? And you are a person who learned something from your experience... which is fabulous. Imagine how many people out there are not, who will do the jail time to avoid paying fines and then get a second DWI or kill someone.

The truth is, no matter what, that making DWI laws draconian are not going to keep psychos off the streets, just like 25 to life does not stop people from committing murders. Yes DWI is rampant here on Long Island, and it is unfortunate that people die... but it's a shame when otherwise good people who make an error in judgment about how much they've had to drink get bled dry, lose their jobs, and have their lives ruined when people who commit violent, malicious crimes get plea bargains.
Anthony

AOL

#140 May 18, 2008
Amazing how the crappy citizens get a
free ride. Nothing happens to them!
This police officer will never be the
same. Bad behavior has become the norm!
prefer not to say

Spring Valley, NY

#141 May 18, 2008
not all DWI the same wrote:
<quoted text>
I learned two lessons, the second one after reading your comment.
Corruption exists.
People are still very naive about the "ways of the world."
Nobody is going to make a DWI a mandatory jail term when the government can get lots of $$$ out of DWI arrests. How much did you pay in fines both to the DMV and to Nassau County? How much did you pay for probation? And you are a person who learned something from your experience... which is fabulous. Imagine how many people out there are not, who will do the jail time to avoid paying fines and then get a second DWI or kill someone.
The truth is, no matter what, that making DWI laws draconian are not going to keep psychos off the streets, just like 25 to life does not stop people from committing murders. Yes DWI is rampant here on Long Island, and it is unfortunate that people die... but it's a shame when otherwise good people who make an error in judgment about how much they've had to drink get bled dry, lose their jobs, and have their lives ruined when people who commit violent, malicious crimes get plea bargains.
as I think more about your comments being more draconian is not the answer. Sometimes my emotions feed my comments, I think and realize that. I didn't have just a beer or two, i blew a .11 and due to the procedure at the time, not sure about now, I was given another 4 hours to take the "real" test where I blew way under that. They only give this treatment to those they like, as I saw many others getting led off to get tested the moment they were brought in. The cop even tried to get my passenger to sit in the drivers seat so they could take him instead of me, he was an asshole to them, but was quite rich. To think they were actually going to let me go!!! So I guess I dealt with a little corruption there not sure what to call it.
As far as fines are concerned etc, probably about $2k and the lawyer fees were about $3k.

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