7 year sentence in crash that hurt cop

July 22, 2009 11:02:14 AM PDT
A Long Island man has been sentenced to 7 years following his conviction on DWI and other charges in a crash that critically injured a police officer. Rahiem Griffin of Shirley was convicted last month by a Nassau County jury.

Police Officer Kenneth Baribault had stopped one driver for suspected drunken driving on the Long Island Expressway in May 2008. Authorities say a second vehicle, driven by Griffin, then slammed into the rear of the police car.

Baribault can only speak in single syllables and is partially paralyzed. He made a brief appearance at the trial, but did not attend Wednesday's sentencing.

Defense attorney Gerard Brogdon says he intends to appeal the conviction.


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