Officer Dives Into Moving Car When Driver Can’t Stop

January 2, 2017 Updated: January 2, 2017

MANORVILLE, N.Y.—A Long Island police officer says he dove through an open window of a slow-moving car with a toddler in the back seat when an impaired driver said she couldn’t pull over.

Suffolk County Police Highway Patrol Officer Joseph Goss says the woman was driving about 20 mph on the Long Island Expressway Thursday evening in Manorville.

Goss says he saw a 22-month-old girl in a safety seat and suspected the driver was high. He says he drove ahead, parked, jumped through a passenger-side window and forced the car to park.

No one was hurt.

Maria Lagatta, of Farmingville, faces charges including driving while ability impaired by drugs and aggravated driving while intoxicated with a child passenger 15 years or younger.

Her attorney couldn’t immediately be reached.