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Alleged drunk driver faces manslaughter charge in Elmont crash

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A Queens man was arrested Saturday on manslaughter and drunken driving charges after police said he was allegedly drunk behind the wheel when he struck a pedestrian with his car in Elmont, according to a Nassau County police news release.

Brian Dudley, 41, of Laurelton, will be arraigned Dec. 29 on second-degree vehicular manslaughter, driving while intoxicated and unlicensed driving charges.

Homicide detectives said the 61-year-old victim was crossing Elmont Road near Cerenzia Boulevard at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, when Dudley struck him with his 2006 Toyota Highlander.

The victim, whose identity was withheld by police pending family notification, suffered life-threatening injuries at the scene and was rushed to a local hospital. He was pronounced dead about an hour after the crash, police said.

Detectives said Dudley was arrested at the scene after investigators determined he was operating his car “in an intoxicated condition.” His blood-alcohol-content, police said, was above .08 percent, the legal limit, but officials did not provide a specific percentage in a Sunday news release.

Law enforcement sources said Dudley's license had been both revoked and suspended. His vehicle was impounded by police after the crash for break and safety checks.

Dudley was held overnight in police custody and will appear at First District Court in Hempstead for arraignment.

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