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Wrong-way drunken driver arrested in East Meadow, police say

Kip T. Hodge, 50, of Georgia, was arrested

Kip T. Hodge, 50, of Georgia, was arrested on charges including drunken driving after he was stopped for driving the wrong way on Hempstead Turnpike early Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017.  Photo Credit: NCPD

A Georgia man driving the wrong way down an East Meadow road was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated after a traffic stop early Saturday, police said.

A highway patrol officer spotted Kip T. Hodge, 50, of Conyers, Georgia, driving a 2017 Ford west in the eastbound lanes on Hempstead Turnpike near Meadowbrook Avenue around 3:28 a.m., Nassau County police said in a news release.

The officer pulled Hodge’s vehicle over and determined Hodge was driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage, according to police. Hodge was placed into police custody without incident and no injuries were reported, police said.

Hodge is charged with two counts of driving while intoxicated, second-degree reckless endangerment, reckless driving and various violations of state vehicle and traffic law.

He was arraigned in First District Court in Hempstead on Saturday, police said.

Hodge was released on his own recognizance and is scheduled to be back in court on Sept. 11, according to court records.

Attorney information for Hodge was not immediately available.

With Mark Morales

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