Alleged DUI Driver Head-Butts Trooper, Wife Throws Underwear During Traffic Stop in New York: Police

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New York State Police released these booking photos of Michael Nelson, left, and Alexandra Nelson, right.

New York State Police released these booking photos of Michael Nelson, left, and Alexandra Nelson, right.

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Authorities say a suspected drunken driver head-butted a state trooper and his wife threw her shoes and underwear in protest after they were pulled over on Long Island.

New York State Police say 38-year-old Michael Nelson struck the trooper several times while being arrested on an intoxicated driving charge around 1:30 a.m. Sunday on the Southern State Parkway in Hempstead.

Nelson’s 29-year-old wife was arrested after police say she got out of their 2017 Mercedes-Benz and tried obstructing his arrest.

Police say the combativeness continued at a police station. In addition to throwing objects, troopers say Alexandra Nelson was spitting at them.

A lawyer for the couple says the charges “are quite overblown.” Lawyer Marc Gann says troopers escalated the situation and that there’s “much more to the story.”

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