Trial begins in DUI crash that hurt cop

June 1, 2009 2:41:37 PM PDT
The trial began Monday on Long Island for a man accused of critically injuring a police officer last year in a drunken-driving crash. Twenty-seven-year-old Rahiem Griffin faces charges that he was speeding while drunk on the Long Island Expressway in Plainview last May and slammed into Officer Kenneth Baribault.

Authorities say Baribault had pulled over another person suspected of drunken driving when his police cruiser was rear-ended by the Shirley man.

The 30-year-old officer can only speak in single syllables and remains paralyzed on his right side a year later. Prosecutors say it's unclear whether he'll testify.

Defense lawyer Gerard Brogdon isn't discussing how he'll defend Griffin against a second-degree, but says his client accepts some responsibility for the accident.


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