A Huntington Station man was arrested and charged with drunken driving following a wrong-way crash in the hamlet that injured him and a Florida couple, Suffolk County police said.

In an unrelated incident, police said a Huntington man was arrested a few hours later and charged with driving while intoxicated after an officer stopped him as he drove the wrong direction on the Long Island Expressway in Dix Hills.

In the first Sunday night arrest, police said a husband and wife from Ocean Ridge, Florida, both 67, were transported to Huntington Hospital with minor injuries after their 2013 Jeep Wrangler was struck head-on just after 7:20 p.m. by a 2008 Nissan sedan driven by Elmer Penate, 33, of Huntington Station. Penate, who was transported to South Shore University Hospital in Bay Shore for treatment of serious injuries, was charged with driving while intoxicated, police said.

Penate was driving eastbound in the westbound lane of Pulaski Road in Huntington Station when he struck the Jeep near Depot Road, police said.

Second Squad detectives impounded both vehicles and asked anyone with information on the crash to call them at 631-854-8252. All calls will remain confidential.

Penate faces arraignment at a later date, police said.

In the second stop at about 10:30 p.m., police said Second Precinct Officer Weldon Drayton was driving westbound on the LIE in his marked patrol car when he saw a 2010 Mazda MZ6, driven by Jose Luis Mendoza, 34, of Huntington, headed east onto the expressway in a westbound lane on the Exit 51 off ramp. The officer pulled over Mendoza and determined he was intoxicated, according to police.

Mendoza was released on his own recognizance Monday after his arraignment in First District Court in Central Islip, said Sheila Kelly, a spokesperson for the Suffolk County District Attorney's office. Mendoza is represented by the Suffolk County Legal Aid, who could not immediately be reached for comment.

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