North Shore, Staten Island- Early Friday morning, an alleged drunk driver slammed into the back of a trooper vehicle, causing extensive damage and leaving one trooper hospitalized, according to officials.
The incident occurred at approximately 1:00 AM while two NY State Troopers were on a traffic stop on I-287, the NY State Police said.
After issuing tickets to the operator of a vehicle they stopped, Troopers Peter Viti and Tyler Amodio were walking back to their marked Ford Taurus—parked on the shoulder—when a vehicle driven by 31-year-old Calogero Gaudesi, of Staten Island, swerved off the highway and ran into the back of the Taurus, according to officials.
The impact of the collision caused the trooper vehicle to move forward and strike Trooper Viti—he was then propelled off the hood of Taurus, over the guardrail and onto the grass adjacent to the highway, according to officials.
After the accident, both Trooper Viti and Mr. Gaudesi were removed by EMS to Staten Island University Hospital; Mr. Gaudesi was examined and released, and Trooper Viti was treated for injuries that were not life-threatening, police stated.
Based on police reports of the incident, it does not appear Trooper Tyler was struck by the vehicle or injured in the collision.
Mr. Gaudesi was later processed at the NYPD 120th Precinct and charged with driving while intoxicated, officials said.