A Long Island man is facing drunken driving and drug charges after, authorities said, he drove the wrong way on three Westchester County parkways early Thursday before being stopped by police.
Authorities said it was the second such incident in Westchester in a three-day span. In the first incident, Tuesday on the Hutchinson River Parkway, police said a 42-year-old woman crashed head-on into another vehicle, striking two others — all as she injured herself and three others.
The Thursday incident ended with the arrest of Jason Eisenfeld, 34, of Old Bethpage in Westchester County, police said.
Eisenfeld was charged with DWI, first-degree reckless endangerment and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
He was released on his own recognizance at arraignment Thursday in Yonkers City Court and is due back in court June 22, according to the Westchester County district attorney’s office.
Police said they received several 911 calls at about 2:20 a.m. Thursday reporting that a white Volkswagen Jetta was headed south in the northbound lanes of the Hutch near Weaver Street in New Rochelle.
The Jetta, driven by Eisenfeld, then continued onto the Cross County Parkway and headed westbound in the eastbound lanes, police said — before traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of the Saw Mill River Parkway in Yonkers. En route, police said, Eisenfeld “narrowly avoided striking two county police cars responding to the incident.”
Police were finally able to stop the Jetta — and arrest Eisenfeld — near the exit for Executive Boulevard. Police said during that stop officers also discovered “a small amount” of cocaine in the Jetta.
The arrest of Eisenfeld occurred about 15 miles south of where the Saw Mill crosses the Taconic State Parkway and the scene of the horrific 2009 wrong-way crash involving a minivan driven by Diane Schuler, of West Babylon, that left eight dead.
That wrong-way incident ended when Schuler, 36, who authorities said had driven her minivan almost two miles southbound in the northbound lanes of the Taconic, collided head-on with a sport utility vehicle in Briarcliff Manor — killing herself, her daughter, three nieces and three in the SUV.
Schuler’s 5-year-old son was the lone survivor.
Toxicology tests found Schuler was under the influence of both alcohol and marijuana.