Drunken driver head-butts state trooper, wife throws ‘soiled underwear’ following LI traffic stop: police

NEW YORK — Authorities say a suspected drunken driver head-butted a state trooper and his wife threw her shoes and “soiled” underwear in protest after they were pulled over on Long Island.

Alexandra Nelson and her husband Michael Nelson were arrested on Dec. 23, 2018. (New York State Police)

New York State Police say 38-year-old Michael Nelson struck the trooper several times while being arrested on an intoxicated driving charge around 1:30 a.m. Sunday on the Southern State Parkway in Hempstead.

Nelson’s 29-year-old wife was arrested after police say she got out of their 2017 Mercedes-Benz and tried obstructing his arrest.

Police say the combativeness continued at a police station. In addition to throwing shoes and “soiled underwear,” troopers say Alexandra Nelson was spitting at them.

A lawyer for the couple says the charges “are quite overblown.” Lawyer Marc Gann says troopers escalated the situation and that there’s “much more to the story.”

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