A driver stopped for speeding on the Southern State Parkway late Wednesday night was arrested and charged with felony DWI, resisting arrest and other offenses after he failed a field sobriety test, then tried to flee the scene on foot, State Police said.
Tyree Nixon, 23, of Central Islip, was arrested after being located by a K-9 team in a wooded area near Route 110 and the Southern State in North Amityville, police said. He was charged with felony unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, using a vehicle without an interlock device and traffic violations in addition to being charged with resisting arrest and felony driving while intoxicated because of having at least one prior DWI conviction within a 10-year period, police said.
Nixon was scheduled for arraignment Thursday in First District Court in Hempstead.
Police said a trooper from the Farmingdale Barracks spotted Nixon driving a gray Nissan at 80 mph on the eastbound Southern near Exit 31, Bethpage Parkway, at about 11:40 p.m. During the ensuing traffic stop, police said, the trooper smelled alcohol and that Nixon failed a field sobriety test. But, as the trooper went to arrest Nixon, police said he ran into a wooded area.
He was then located by the K-9 team near Route 110.
Police said Nixon had a blood alcohol content of 0.13 percent. The legal threshold for drunken driving in New York is 0.08 percent.
It was not clear if Nixon was represented by counsel.