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Driving Instructor Reported For Possible Intoxication By Students


Suffolk County Police today arrested a driving instructor after he was involved in a motor vehicle crash in Ridge.

Russell Cohen, a driving instructor for the Suffolk Auto Driving School, was instructing four students this morning when they became suspicious he was intoxicated. The students told Cohen they were hungry and convinced him to stop at McDonalds, located at 1724 Middle Country Road, Centereach, at approximately 11 a.m. The students exited the car and called 911.

When the students didn’t come out in a timely manner, Cohen left. He rear-ended his 2012 Honda Accord into a 2008 Honda Civic, being driven by a 29-year-old Shoreham woman, on Route 25 and Montauk Trail in Ridge, at approximately 11:45 a.m. She was transported to Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead with non-life-threatening injuries. Cohen was not injured.

Cohen, 58, of Ridge was charged with Aggravated DWI and three counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child. He will be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip at a later date.

A criminal charge is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Reader Comments (2)

Students became suspicious Cohen was drunk when he told them he swerved to miss hitting a pine tree, but it was just the air freshener.
Sun, October 7, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJim Andersen
It is despicable that the instructor was intoxicated, especially so early in the morning. I would guess that this, along with the recent limo carnage, will spark cries of checking all such drivers via breathalyzers and random drug testing, and not without good reason. Good for the kids for getting out of a bad situation, which could have been far worse.
Wed, October 10, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterskaizun

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