LONG ISLAND (PIX11) — An allegedly drunken street sweeper started his new year by leading officers on a slow-speed chase on Long Island, police said Friday.
Jerry Mitchell, 48, of Brooklyn, faces charges of aggravated DWI and aggravated unlicensed operation, as well as other traffic charges, according to New York State Police.
Emergency calls began coming in shortly before 8 a.m. Thursday from worried drivers who spotted an erratic street sweeper driving east on Southern State Parkway near Exit 17 in Valley Stream, state police said.
A trooper found the street sweeper near Exit 22 and tried to pull it over, but the driver kept moving — at 35 mph, police said.
The slow-speed chase lasted about 5 minutes before the driver pulled over near Exit 26 and surrendered, police said.
Mitchell failed a sobriety test and was found to have a blood-alcohol level of .18 percent or more.
It was not immediately clear if Mitchell was permitted to drive the street sweeper.