Bohemia (WALK) - A wrong-way collision on Sunrise Highway late Sunday night is being blamed on drunk driving by investigators. It's one of several DWI arrests on Long Island over the weekend.
Police say Juan Maravilla of Wyandanch was driving his minivan east in the westbound lanes near Connetquot River State Park when he collided with a Honda traveling in the opposite direction. The Honda driver has been identified as Jose Rivera of Shirley. Both Maravilla, 56, and Rivera, 26, walked away from the accident with barely a scratch and didn't require a trip to the hospital.
After the crash, Maravilla was charged with driving while intoxicated and reckless endangerment. He is scheduled to be arraigned today at First District Court in Central Islip.
Several other local drivers found themselves in handcuffs over the weekend as well, including a man who allegedly abandoned his car on train tracks in Bay Shore early Sunday morning. The vehicle, which was left on a right of way just east of the Bay Shore station, was struck by a Jamaica-bound train out of Speonk. According to the Long Island Rail Road, about 20 people were on board the train but no one was hurt.
In Southampton, town police report 5 DWI arrests over a roughly 24-hour period between Sunday morning and Monday morning, including a driver whose car went off the road and struck a utility pole on Lynn Avenue in Hampton Bays. No one was hurt.
The other 4 DWI arrests in Southampton town were made during traffic stops.