Updated: Driver charged with heroin possession in Astoria crash with parked van: Police

By Bill Parry and Christina Santucci

Police charged a 33-year-old man with crashing his van into a parked vehicle in Astoria while allegedly under the influence of heroin and with a suspended license, a spokeswoman for the NYPD said.

Authorities believe Aaron Tiermann was behind the wheel of a minivan when it collided head-on with another minivan on 21st Avenue at 28th Street Tuesday morning.

Emergency responders were called to the scene at about 10:21 a.m., a spokesman for the Fire Department said.

Police said Tiemann allegedly refused a breath test and admitted to using heroin before he was taken to Elmhurst Hospital to be evaluated. Cops allegedly recovered four bags of heroin from within the vehicle he was driving, the NYPD spokeswoman said.

Tiemann was charged with reckless endangerment, criminal possession of a controlled substance, driving while intoxicated, aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle and chemical test refusal, police said.

The Fire Department said a second person was also taken to Elmhurst Hospital but it was unclear if this person was involved in the car accident.

Reach reporter Bill Parry by e-mail at bparry@cnglocal.com or by phone at 718-260-4538.

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