In the past month, seven drivers have been accused of not only driving the wrong way on Long Island, but doing so while intoxicated.
The latest incident involves a Miller Place man accused of being high while driving the wrong way on Route 25. He wasn’t high on alcohol, however: police claim the man was high on heroin when he drove his car over the double-yellow lines and slammed his vehicle head-on into a pick-up truck and SUV headed in the opposite direction.
The 26-year-old man and a driver of one of the vehicles he hit were both treated for injuries that were not life-threatening.
Not everyone involved in the six previous wrong-way collisions was as fortunate.
A New City police officer was killed when an allegedly drunk driver drove his vehicle the wrong way on the Northern State Parkway, crashing head-on into the off-duty officer’s vehicle.
The 50-year-old Brooklyn suspect is currently being held in lieu of a $1 million bond.
On Nov. 16, the day after the officer’s death, a Westbury woman caused another head-on collision, this time on the Long Island Expressway. She, too, is accused of being drunk at the time of the crash.
The horrific hits just kept coming: on Dec. 3, a college official was nabbed for drunken driving after going in the wrong direction on Sunrise Highway. The misadventure included a police chase that was brought to a close when the man crashed his car.
A few days ago, two more alleged drunk drivers were arrested within a couple of hours of each other. The first was on the LIE in Yaphank, the second on the Shirley portion of Sunrise Highway.
A couple of days later, a 20-year-old woman found herself facing charges of driving her car westward on the eastbound side of Hempstead Turnpike.
Resource: Long Island Press: “Cops: Miller Place Man on Heroin 7th Wrong-way DWI in 1 Month”: December 15, 2010