A Selden cabdriver with a passenger in the back seat was arrested early Saturday and charged with driving under the influence of drugs, Nassau County police said.
The driver, identified as Patricia M. Piacente, 50, was spotted in a yellow taxi driving recklessly in the westbound lanes of the Long Island Expressway shortly after 5:30 a.m., police said.
Piacente had a passenger in the back seat of her 2005 Crown Victoria and could not stay in her lane, police said.
The driver did not stop the car after highway patrol officers ordered her to pull over, using the public address system in their cars, according to police.
When Piacente finally stoped, police said she refused to put the car in park, pushed officers away as they tried to pull the keys out of the ignition and later resisted arrest.
Detectives found heroin and drug paraphernalia in Piacente’s backpack, police said.
The driver faces charges including reckless endangerment, possession of a controlled substance, and driving while ability impaired by drugs, police said.
Piacente was to be arraigned Sunday at First District Court in Hempstead, authorities said.