By Danny Schrafel
Police allege a 19-year-old was high in the wee morning hours when he crashed into a police car on Walt Whitman Road March 12.
Officials said Bryan Boyce, of Bethpage, was swerving as he drove northbound on Walt Whitman Road near the LIE North Service Road at 1:46 a.m. before he crashed the 2014 Honda he was driving into a fully-marked squad car.
According to a criminal complaint, Boyce drove on the wrong side of the road and in the shoulder before crashing into the car, which was parked on Cotton Tail Road.
No injuries were reported. The squad car sustained “significant damage on the passenger side,” a police spokesperson said, but the officer was outside of his car at the time of the crash.
Boyce was charged with operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs, an unclassified misdemeanor. A criminal complaint indicated that Boyce had bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and staggered when he walked.
Boyce was also charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation; according to a criminal complaint, three smoked marijuana cigarettes were discovered in his car’s center console. Police allege he also resisted arrest and refused to take a blood test at the Second Precinct.
Boyce was freed on $2,000 bail after being arraigned March 12 at First District Court in Central Islip and is due back in court April 9.