Cops: Driver arrested in wrong-way Southern State crash

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A 27-year-old Queens man faces reckless endangerment and drunken driving charges after State Police said he crashed head-on into another car while driving the wrong way on the Southern State Parkway.

The wrong-way crash occurred near Exit 20, Grand Avenue, in Baldwin at 4:25 a.m. Sunday.

Police said the driver of the car that was hit suffered leg and facial injuries and was transported to Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre. A passenger in the wrong-way car also was injured and taken to Mercy, police said.

Police did not release their names, and their conditions were unavailable.

Arrested was Bindo Acharya, of Ridgewood, police said. He was charged with driving while intoxicated, second-degree reckless endangerment, driving in the wrong direction, and other vehicle and traffic law violations.

Police said Acharya was spotted driving his white Chevrolet westbound in the eastbound lanes of the parkway near Exit 21. Troopers responding to a 911 call reporting the wrong-way driver found that Acharya had already collided with a silver Lexus, injuring two, police said.

Troopers detected "a strong odor" of alcohol during an interview with Acharya -- and arrested him, police said.

He was held overnight for arraignment Monday in First District Court in Hempstead. Court documents show that his next appearance is Wednesday.

 

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CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story misstated which car the injured passenger had traveled in.

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