An Amityville man was arrested early Sunday and charged with driving while intoxicated after Suffolk police said he was traveling the wrong way on the Long Island Expressway and lost control of his car.
The driver was identified as James T. Reynolds II, 27, of 42 The Boulevard. He was arraigned Sunday at First District Court in Central Islip, then was released after posting $500 bond, court officials said. He is scheduled for another hearing Sept. 5.
According to a Suffolk County Highway Patrol report, about 5:04 a.m. Reynolds was initially driving east on the LIE in a 2004 Honda Civic when Highway Patrol Sgt. Vincent Urwand and Officer Thomas Mutarelli saw him enter the rest area between Exits 51 and 52, Dix Hills, and make a U-turn. He then left the rest area and drove west in the eastbound lanes, the report said.
Reynolds lost control of the car and crashed into trees along the shoulder of the road, police said. He was not injured and was charged with driving while intoxicated and driving in the wrong direction.