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Cops: Driver charged with DWI after wrong-way crash on Sunrise

Juan Maravilla. 57, of Wyandanch, was arrested and

Juan Maravilla. 57, of Wyandanch, was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated and reckless endangerment after he drove his vehicle the wrong way on Sunrise Highway in Bohemia and collided with another car late Sunday. Prosecutors said Maravilla's alcohol level was .15 percent -- nearly twice the legal limit. (Oct. 21, 2013) Credit: SCPD

A Wyandanch man was drunk with a blood-alcohol level of .15 percent -- nearly twice the legal limit -- when he drove the wrong way on Sunrise Highway and crashed into a car in Bohemia, prosecutors said Monday.

Juan Maravilla, 56, of 76 Jefferson Ave., was arraigned on charges of driving while intoxicated and second-degree reckless endangerment Monday at First District Court in Central Islip.

He was ordered remanded on $50,000 cash bail. He was represented by a Legal Aid attorney who entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.

Maravilla is due back in court Oct. 28.

His vehicle, a 1991 Toyota minivan, was impounded as evidence, police said.

Police said Jose Rivera, 26, of Shirley, the driver of the 1997 Honda struck by Maravilla, suffered minor injuries in the crash and declined medical attention at the scene.

A 911 call reported the wrong-way incident at 11:30 p.m. Sunday, callers saying the minivan was headed eastbound in the westbound lanes on Sunrise.

But police said the van collided with the Honda before it could be stopped by highway patrol officers, the collision with the westbound Honda taking place near Exit 47A.

With Gary Dymski

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