Driver of salt spreader was drunk during Queens crash: Police

new york city snow plow
Department of Sanitation employees adjust plows during a snowstorm this winter.
Credit: Rob Bennett for the Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio

A city sanitation worker was charged with drunken driving Wednesday morning after hitting a car while operating a salt spreader in Queens, police said.

Dewayne Ruddock, 33, was on duty preparing for a storm when cops said he hit a parked car about 12:30 a.m. at 132nd Street and Rockaway Boulevard in South Ozone Park. The car was occupied but the driver was not hurt in the crash.

Responding police noticed Ruddock was slurring his speech and smelled alcohol on his breath. After being administered a breathalyzer test, Ruddock was arrested and charged with driving a commercial vehicle while impaired by alcohol, police said.

Ruddock was waiting arraignment Wednesday morning. It was not immediately known if he had an attorney.

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