A police officer made a daring leap to stop a crane truck that smashed into four vehicles on the Long Island Expressway

Officer Joseph Goss, 35, says the giant machine was "like a tank going down the road."

Brian Sinclair. Photo / AP
Brian Sinclair. Photo / AP

Police say 47-year-old Brian Sinclair went about 14km after barrelling through traffic in Ronkonkoma.

They say the allegedly intoxicated driver only surrendered once Goss jumped into the cab.

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The Goss says he went into "panic mode" as the crane neared a heavily used exit, fearing that Sinclair was going to crash and kill someone.

After hitting the first vehicle, police said Sinclair then struck a 2015 Jeep Cherokee, 2008 Honda Civic and 2018 Toyota RAV4 that were all travelling eastbound at the time.

He then fled the scene and continued driving erratically until he was spotted by Goss who managed to get out of his vehicle and run along side it before clambering aboard and jumping into crane truck's cab.

Police say Sinclair wouldn't even stop when the crane was surrounded by police vehicles.

"I thought he was going to crash and kill somebody," Goss said to ABC7. "My primary goal was getting that car stopped and just keeping other motorists away from him, because if he made a slight contact, it would just shred their car apart."

Goss said that only thing Sinclair said to him during the entire encounter was "What's up?"

Goss and three drivers were treated for minor injuries.

Sinclair was arraigned today on charges of driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident. His lawyer says he's innocent.

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-AP, Daily Mail

The crane truck that the police officer jumped into. Photo / ABC7
The crane truck that the police officer jumped into. Photo / ABC7
One of the cars struck by the truck. Photo / ABC7
One of the cars struck by the truck. Photo / ABC7