Driver arraigned on DWI charge in 8-vehicle pileup on LIE

MELVILLE, N.Y. — A Long Island woman has pleaded not guilty to a charge that she was driving while intoxicated during an eight-car chain-reaction crash on the Long Island Expressway.

Newsday reports that 45-year-old Suzanne Butler was arraigned Saturday and released without bail.

The crash happened around 10:30 p.m. Friday near Exit 49 in Melville.

Suffolk County police say the problems started after a car fire clogged traffic in eastbound lanes.

In the slowdown, two cars collided. That crash spiraled into an eight-car pileup, including an oil tanker and a minivan that skidded and got wedged under the tanker.

Police say Butler, of East Meadow, was driving the minivan. She was taken to a hospital with minor injuries and later was arrested on a DWI charge.

Five other people also suffered minor injuries.