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Wrong-way DWI crash closed Northern State Parkway, cops say

Police investigate a crash that closed the eastbound

Police investigate a crash that closed the eastbound Northern State Parkway between Post Avenue and the Wantagh State Parkway on Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, in Westbury. Credit: Howard Schnapp

A wrong-way drunken driver on the Northern State Parkway plowed into two cars Monday morning, injuring one person and forcing the temporary closure of the eastbound lanes in Westbury, State Police said.

The wrong-way driver, identified by police as Javier A. Herrera, 30, of Brooklyn, was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, driving while ability impaired by drugs, resisting arrest, first-degree aggravated unlicensed operator, reckless driving, reckless endangerment, third-degree assault, unlawful possession of marijuana, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and two counts fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He was scheduled for arraignment Monday in First District Court in Hempstead, police said.

Police said Herrera was driving a 2017 Toyota Highlander sport utility vehicle west on the eastbound parkway east of Exit 32, Post Avenue, when he crashed into two cars at 4:38 a.m.

An occupant in one car suffered a fractured leg, police said. Police said there were no other reported injuries, but did not say how many people were involved.

Police said all eastbound lanes were closed between Post Avenue and the exit for the Wantagh Parkway for more than two hours as a result of the wrong-way crash.

All lanes were reopened at 7:10 a.m.

Police asked anyone with information about the crash to call investigators at 631-756-3300. All calls will remain confidential.

With William Murphy

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