Snake Theft, Fire House Crash In New Hyde Park

Sarah EspinosaAn Albany woman was charged with reckless endangerment on August 4, after police say she drove over the center median on Jericho Turnpike in New Hyde Park, struck another vehicle and then continued to drive into the New Hyde Park Fire House with a stolen snake wrapped around her neck.

At 7:03 p.m., police say Sarah Espinosa, 22, was operating a 2010 Toyota Prius westbound on Jericho Turnpike when she crossed into oncoming traffic, striking a Nissan Maxima and then continuing through the front garage door of the New Hyde Park Fire House at 1555 Jericho Turnpike.

Espinosa’s vehicle collided with two fire trucks parked in the firehouse and fire personnel, attempting to aid the Espinosa, discovered a small ball python snake wrapped around her neck, according to police. They removed the snake and secured it at the scene. Police say officers responded and determined Espinosa had stolen the snake from the PETCO located at 2233 Jericho Turnpike in Garden City Park just prior to the accident.

During the investigation Espinosa was found to be in possession of marijuana, according to police. Espinosa was treated and released from a local hospital. There were no other injuries reported. The snake was returned to the store.

Espinosa is charged with Reckless Endangerment 2nd degree, Petit Larceny, Reckless Driving, Driving While Intoxicated, and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana.

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