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Driver of salt spreader was drunk during Queens crash: Police

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

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.

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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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