SCPD: Man Arrested for DWI Following Hauppauge Head-On Crash with Serious Injury

Johnny Mendez of Bayshore, 18, was driving when he veered into oncoming traffic and struck another vehicle.

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Suffolk County Police arrested a man for driving while intoxicated following a head-on motor vehicle crash that seriously injured a man in Hauppauge.
Johnny Mendez was driving a 2008 Subaru Impreza northbound on Lincoln Boulevard, just north of Route 454, when the vehicle veered into the southbound lane and struck a 2001 Jeep Cherokee driven by Francis Squillace.
Squillace, 61, of Hicksville, was transported to Stony Brook University Hospital with serious injuries. Mendez and a 17-year-old male passenger in the Impreza were transported to Stony Brook University Hospital with minor injuries. Both vehicles were impounded for safety checks.
Mendez, 18, of Bayshore was charged with Driving While Intoxicated. He was arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip.
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