By CBSNewYork Team

EAST ROCKAWAY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A Long Island man was charged with DWI after police said he drove through a fence and across a field at an elementary school in East Rockaway.

According to police, Edward Coghlan, 73, drove away after crashing his 2004 Lincoln sedan into a Subaru at a Wendy’s parking lot on Ocean Avenue early Wednesday afternoon.

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Edward Coghlan, 73 (credit: Nassau County Police Dept.)

The driver of the Subaru followed Coghlan, who continued south on Ocean Avenue.

Coghlan then crashed through a metal chain link fence and onto a field at Rhame Avenue Elementary School, police said.

Officials said dozens of students were on the field when it happened, but staff were able to get them all inside safely.

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Coghlan, police said, drove fast and erratically across the field and fled the scene.

Officers caught up with Coghlan and arrested him on West Boulevard.

The school released a statement saying in part, “All children are safe and no children were harmed.  I commend and thank the swift actions of the Rhame Ave. staff who were present and took action to protect our students.. We are grateful for their actions. Any students who were outside and may have viewed this incident will be counseled and supported by our school staff and faculty.  Thank you to the Fourth Precinct for their swift action in apprehending the individual.”

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Coghlan faces child endangerment and other charges in addition to DWI.

CBSNewYork Team