Crane barrels into cars, officer leaps inside to stop it

This photo provided by Suffolk County police shows Brian Sinclair. Authorities say a police officer made a daring leap to stop a crane truck after Sinclair, the intoxicated driver smashed into four vehicles and sped off on the Long Island Expressway. Suffolk County police say Sinclair went about 9 miles after barreling through traffic on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 in Ronkonkoma, N.Y. Sinclair was jailed pending arraignment Wednesday on charges of driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident. (Suffolk County police via AP)

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. — A police officer who made a daring leap to stop a crane truck that smashed into four vehicles on the Long Island Expressway says the giant machine was "like a tank going down the road."

Police say 47-year-old Brian Sinclair went about 9 miles (14 kilometers) after barreling through traffic around 6:20 p.m. Tuesday in Ronkonkoma. They say the allegedly intoxicated driver only surrendered once Officer Joseph Goss jumped into the cab.

The 35-year-old Goss says he went into "panic mode" as the crane neared a heavily used exit, fearing that Sinclair was going to crash and kill someone.

Goss and three drivers were treated for minor injuries.

Sinclair was arraigned Wednesday on charges of driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident.

His lawyer says he's innocent.

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