He’s got a license to scare.
A driving instructor on Long Island was arrested for driving drunk with terrified students in his car and rear-ending another vehicle.
Russell Cohen, 58, was driving erratically while instructing four students Saturday morning in Centereach, according to the Suffolk County Police Department. The students told the driver with the Suffolk County Driving School they were hungry and persuaded him to stop at a nearby McDonald’s, according to cops. The students then called 911.
“I’m happy I’m alive,” Matt McGeough, 16, told Newsday.
When the students did not come out of the McDonald’s, Cohen left the restaurant and rear-ended his Honda Accord into a Honda Civic, according to cops. The driver of the other vehicle was hospitalized with nonlife-threatening injuries.
“We jumped out as soon as possible,” 16-year-old Lila Mabanta told the newspaper.
Cohen was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
The students said that at one point Cohen hit a curb at 50 miles per hour, according to Newsday. They told the newspaper that Cohen was acting strangely right from the beginning.
“He called both of us beautiful. The two of us girls felt really uncomfortable by that,” Lila Mabanta told the newspaper.
Cohen is a substitute instructor for the driving school, according to Newsday.
“I’m so thankful that it didn’t turn out with a worse outcome,” Lila’s mother Carla Mabanta told the newspaper. “I’m so happy he didn’t smash into a tree. Anything could have happened.”
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