A Roosevelt man traveling the wrong way on the Southern State Parkway was arrested for driving drunk early Thursday morning after he nearly collided with an off-duty police sergeant, Nassau County police said.

State Police arrested Brent Scales, 30, on charges of driving while intoxicated and consumption of alcoholic beverage/possession of an open container, Nassau police said in a news release.

The off-duty Nassau police sergeant, who was headed east on the Southern State, pulled Scales over because he was driving a 2000 Chevy van west on the eastbound lanes, police said.

Police said the sergeant managed to avoid crashing into the van and then maneuvered his vehicle to force the driver to stop.

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The Nassau officer removed Scales from the van and contacted State Police, who arrested him. An open bottle of Corona beer was found in the vehicle, police said.

Scales was issued a desk appearance ticket to appear Wednesday, Dec. 16 at the First District Court in Hempstead.