Troopers Stop Drunken Wrong-Way Driver on Route 9

A 62-year-old Peekskill man is accused of getting behind the wheel while intoxicated and driving on the wrong side of the road, state police from the Cortlandt barracks said.

Officials arrested the man at about 2:30 a.m. Friday, after they received a report of a vehicle traveling north in the southbound lanes of Route 9 in Peekskill.

State police units closed southbound Route 9, near Welcher Avenue, "to avoid a possible head-on collision between motorists and the suspect vehicle," authorities said.

Police located the vehicle, which was reportedly traveling at 90 mph in a 55-mph zone. The driver stopped as troopers drove north in the northbound lanes alongside the car, which was headed north in southbound lanes.

The defendant is due in Peekskill City Court Jan. 30. He is facing a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated, as well as several traffic infractions. His blood-alcohol level was 0.09-percent, police said. The legal limit is 0.08.

Editors' note: This post initially misstated the legal limit for blood-alcohol levels. The error has been corrected.
Sage on the Hudson January 20, 2014 at 07:45 AM
WHEN is the State Legislature going to make drunk driving, especially under such potentially catastrophic circumstances, a FELONY punishable by significant jail time and permanent revocation of the convicted driver's operator's license?
Emilia January 20, 2014 at 08:01 AM
I totally agree, Sage!
jo January 20, 2014 at 08:07 AM
just wait till the gov legalizing Pot.. and all the Pot heads hit the road under the influence... God Help Us...
Edward Sage January 20, 2014 at 01:08 PM
what happened to posting the names?
Emilia January 20, 2014 at 02:13 PM
Patch does not publish names of people committing "misdemeanors." It's ridiculous that DWI is a misdemeanor, considering the countless lives that have been lost due to drunk driving. A car is a lethal weapon in the hands of someone who is legally drunk. It's time to get this crime changed to a felony.


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