New Jersey Man Arrested by NCPD After Wrong-Way Drunk Driving on Long Island Expressway

Jaime Rivas of Haddonfield, NJ, 56, was pulled over and taken into custody on multiple counts, cops say.

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NCPD reports the arrest of Jaime Rivas of Haddonfield, NJ, 56, for DWI on Sunday, October 15, in Syosset.

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Syosset, NY - October 17, 2017 - The Nassau County Police Department reports the arrest of a New Jersey man for Driving While Intoxicated (driving the wrong way) on Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 3:03 am in Syosset.
 
According to police, 911 received a call for a vehicle driving the wrong way (eastbound in the westbound lanes) on the Long Island Expressway. A Highway Patrol Officer responded to the area and observed a vehicle near exit 40 driving eastbound in the westbound HOV lane. The vehicle had passed several vehicles and trucks.  
 
The officer then observed the 2007 Mercedes Benz make a U-turn out of the HOV lane, across all lanes of traffic and come to a stop on the shoulder of the highway near exit 44.  
 
A vehicular traffic stop was conducted. Defendant Jaime Rivas, 56, of Haddonfield, NJ was observed to have slurred speech, red glassy blood shot eyes and alcohol emanating from inside the automobile. He was placed under arrest at 3:30 am. There were no accidents or injuries.
 
Defendant Rivas is being charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Reckless Endangerment 1st Degree, Reckless Driving, Driving the Wrong Way, Use of a Portable Electronic Device and Imprudent Speed. He will be arraigned on Sunday, October 15, 2017 at First District Court, Hempstead.
 
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