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Man Slams Police Car, Gets DWI Charge in Rye Brook

RYE BROOK, N.Y. - A Stamford man was arrested and charged with DWI and AUO, aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, after rear ending a Rye Brook Police cruiser on Sunday, March 4th.

According to police, the officer was taking a left off of Westchester Avenue and onto North Ridge Street when he was struck from behind by a Green Safari GMC van causing damage to the left rear portion of the cruiser and the front end of the van.

The driver of the van, Manuel L. Lojas-Bacuilima, 53, of Stamford, it was discovered, had had his driver's license revoked for failing to appear in court. Lojas Bacuilima spoke very little English and smelled heavily of alcohol, according to police. After unsuccessfully attempting to conduct a field sobriety test, Rye Brook police called for a Spanish-speaking officer from the Port Chester Police Department to translate.

Lojas-Bacuilima then revealed that a previous hip injury would inhibit his ability to take the test and was taken to police headquarters. At headquarters Lojas-Bacuilima was administered a breathalyzer revealing a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .15%, almost twice the legal limit.

Lojas-Bacuilima was charged with the A misdemeanors of DWI and AUO in the third degree. He posted $150 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on March 7th.

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