For the second time in about a week, police have made a wrong-way driving arrest on Route 109 in West Babylon.
The latest incident involved an alleged drunken driver who Suffolk police said drove east in the westbound lanes for about a mile before being stopped by a First Precinct patrol officer at 12:45 a.m. Thursday and taken into custody.
Jeffrey Leach, 29, of Lindenhurst, was charged with driving while intoxicated and issued multiple traffic summonses, police said. He was held overnight at the First Precinct and released on his own recognizance Thursday at his arraignment in First District Court in Central Islip, according to court records. Leach, who was represented by a Legal Aid attorney, is scheduled to return to court Nov. 7, records show.
Police said Leach was driving a 2014 Dodge Dart when he was stopped by a First Precinct officer. Police said the officer, who was driving a marked patrol unit, saw Leach drive "approximately one mile in the wrong direction, passing at least three vehicles, including a tractor trailer."
Leach's arrest came eight days after police said a Brentwood man forced two Suffolk police vehicles from the First Precinct, one marked and the other unmarked, to take "evasive action to avoid a head-on collision" on Route 109.
That incident occurred at 7:25 p.m. Oct. 23 and resulted in the arrest of Miguel Caban, 57, on charges of reckless driving and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, police said. Caban, who police said drove a 1999 Ford pickup west in the eastbound lanes, also was issued multiple summonses for traffic infractions.
Court records show that Caban, who was represented by a Legal Aid attorney at his arraignment, was released on his own recognizance and is due back in court on Dec. 5.
There were no reported injuries in either incident, police said.