Westchester County Police arrested two wrong-way drivers in separate incidents in Pleasantville and Bedford on the Saw Mill Parkway early Tuesday morning and charged them with driving under the influence of alcohol.
In the first incident, at about 1:10 a.m., the wrong-way driver collided with another vehicle near Grant Street in Pleasantville, according to police. The wrong-way driver was traveling northbound in the southbound lanes in a 2013 Honda Civic when he collided with a 2011 BMW, seriously injuring himself and causing injury to the other driver.
Police said the wrong-way driver, a man in his fifties whose identity was not immediately known because he was not carrying identification, had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath. He had to be extricated from his car by the Pleasantville Fire Department and was taken to Westchester Medical Center by the Pleasantville Volunteer Ambulance Corps, police said. He was admitted to the hospital with serious injuries.
The driver of the BMW suffered leg injuries in the crash and was transported to the Westchester Medical Center emergency room where he was treated.
The wrong-way driver was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, second-degree reckless endangerment and third-degree assault, all misdemeanors, police said. He will be required to surrender to county police to be booked following his release from the hospital.
A 36-year-old Brookfield, Conn. man was arrested in connection with the second incident at about 2:30 a.m. County police said they received a report of a wrong-way driver traveling northbound in the southbound lanes in New Castle. Officers observed the vehicle, a GMC Envoy, near the Mount Kisco-Bedford border and were able to stop it at the Route 117 exit in Bedford.
The driver, identified as Matthew Seiter, failed a field sobriety test after a strong odor of alcohol was detected on his breath. He was charged with second-degree reckless endangerment, a misdemeanor, and Driving While Ability Impaired and reckless driving, both violations.
Seiter is due to appear in Bedford Town Court on June 5.