Police on Long Island have charged a female driver who survived crashing into a Nassau County firehouse under the most unusual of circumstances.
The incident happened around 7 p.m. Monday on Jericho Turnpike in New Hyde Park.
The driver, identified as 22-year-old Sarah Espinosa, of Albany, apparently lost control of her Toyota Prius, crossed the median, struck a Nissan Maxima and careened into the fire station.
The vehicle plowed through the main door, striking two fire trucks inside.
When fire personnel rushed over to help, police said they found a small ball python wrapped around Espinosa’s neck.
“It was about two feet long,” New Hyde Park Fire Chief Steven Waldron told 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera. “I thought it was a pet. I guess she’s a snake person.”
Police said they later determined that she had stolen the snake from a nearby PETCO just before the crash.
Police said Espinosa was also found to be in possession of marijuana.