NEW HYDE PARK (PIX11) – An Albany woman was wearing a stolen snake around her neck when she lost control of her car, slamming through the garage doors of a Long Island firehouse and damaging two fire engines, police said.
Sarah Espinosa, 22, was behind the wheel of a 2010 Prius going westbound on the Jericho Turnpike when she drove across the median and collided with a Nissan Maxima around 7 p.m. Monday evening.
The Prius then careened into the New Hyde Park Fire House, straight through the garage door and into two fire trucks.
After the initial crash, fire personnel received a second surprise when they tried to give Espinosa first aid — they found a small ball python wrapped around her neck.
A police investigation revealed that the snake was stolen — lifted, allegedly by Espinosa, from a nearby PETCO.
Police officers also found marijuana in Espinosa’s car.
She was treated and released at a local hospital. The snake, which was apparently uninjured, was returned to the PETCO.
Espinosa will be arraigned Tuesday on charges of reckless endangerment, drug possession, DWI, petit larceny and reckless driving.