An off-duty federal corrections officer is facing drunken driving and weapons possession charges after driving the wrong way into a head-on collision Monday morning on the Wantagh Parkway, State Police said.
Neither Tolliver, an off-duty corrections officer assigned to the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, nor the other driver was seriously injured, police said.
Tolliver recorded .14 percent on a breath-analyzer test, police said, and was arrested. He is charged with possession of a weapon, driving while intoxicated, reckless endangerment, reckless driving and assault, police said.
James Davis, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Detention Center, would only confirm the facility employs a Philip Tolliver as a corrections officer but would not provide any other information. "It is an incident that happened off-duty," Davis said. .
Commander Maj. Walter Heesch of Troop L in Farmingdale said in a release that "according to New York State Law, there is no exemption that permits a federal corrections officer to carry a weapon based on his employment." Heesch said the incident is another example of how a driver impaired by alcohol could have caused a "disastrous" accident.
Tolliver is scheduled for arraignment Monday at First District Court in Hempstead.