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DWI charges for wrong-way driver in Brentwood

Police say William Morgan was drunk and driving

Police say William Morgan was drunk and driving on the wrong side of a two-lane road near the entrance to southbound Sagtikos State Parkway in Brentwood Wednesday night. (Dec. 16, 2010) Photo Credit: Handout

A driver was held for arraignment Thursday after State Police stopped him as he drove the wrong way on a two-lane road near an entrance to the Sagtikos State Parkway in Brentwood Wednesday night, they said. He was charged with driving while intoxicated.

William Morgan, of Shirley, also faces traffic infractions after his breath sample registered a blood-alcohol content of 0.14 percent, police said. The legal limit is 0.08 percent.

He was arrested at about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday after the traffic stop near the Pilgrim State Psychiatric Center, State Police said. The Suffolk district attorney's office said Thursday that Morgan had not yet been arraigned.

Police said Morgan was driving a 1996 Chrysler on the wrong side of the two-lane road near the psychiatric center and the entrance to Sagtikos Parkway south. The road is often used as a cut-through between Crooked Hill Road and Sagtikos, police said. There is little or no late-night traffic there.

"This guy was not going the wrong way on the parkway," an officer familiar with the case said.

Morgan provided the breath sample after being taken to police barracks in Brentwood.

There have been seven previous wrong-way incursions in Nassau and Suffolk since Nov. 15 - all involving allegedly impaired drivers on major roads. In one case, police said, off-duty NYPD Officer Andre Menzies was killed by a Brooklyn man with a 0.26 percent blood-alcohol content. That accident was on the Northern State Parkway in Dix Hills.

In another case, police charged an allegedly impaired motorist with driving the wrong way on Route 25 after the driver hit two vehicles head-on in Calverton. With Joseph Mallia

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