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Police: Wrong-way drunken driver arrested on Seaford-Oyster Bay Expressway

Maureen Hamilton, 58, of East Rockaway, was arrested

Maureen Hamilton, 58, of East Rockaway, was arrested early Friday morning, Dec. 5, 2014, and charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless endangerment, aggravated driving while intoxicated and with driving the wrong way on a one-way street, police said. Photo Credit: NCPD

An East Rockaway woman was arrested early Friday after officers had to force her to stop driving the wrong way on the Seaford-Oyster Bay Expressway in Bethpage, police said.

The incident occurred at 12:45 a.m., Nassau County police said.

The driver, identified as Maureen Hamilton, 58, of 41 Wellfleet Rd., was charged with driving while intoxicated, second-degree reckless endangerment, aggravated driving while intoxicated and with driving the wrong way on a one-way street.

Hamilton was released on her own recognizance at her arraignment Friday in First District Court in Hempstead. She is due back in court Dec. 18. Her attorney could not be immediately reached for comment.

Police said officers responding to "numerous 911 calls" reporting a vehicle headed southbound in the northbound lanes of the expressway located Hamilton's vehicle -- and then "were forced to engage the vehicle head-on," bringing it to a stop between exits 8 and 7.

An investigation determined there were no accidents as a result of Hamilton's actions.

With Ellen Yan

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