- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 18, 2017

MEDFORD, N.Y. (AP) - Prosecutors say a man shot by a Long Island police officer during a weekend traffic stop had a blood-alcohol content nearly three times the legal limit about an hour after he was wounded.

An attorney representing 34-year-old Michael Shear pleaded not guilty on his behalf Tuesday to several charges including first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and felony drunken driving.

Suffolk County prosecutors say Shear’s BAC was 0.22 when his blood sample was taken following Sunday’s shooting in Medford. The Holtsville man remains hospitalized in good condition.

Police say the incident started when Shear was pulled over on suspicion of drunken driving.

Officials say an officer was briefly dragged by Shear’s vehicle as he fled the scene. A chase ended three miles later when police shot Shear once in the shoulder.

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