Suffolk County police arrested another wrong-way drunken driver after the West Babylon man turned into oncoming traffic on Route 109 in West Babylon, police said Friday.
Thursday's incident was at least the 16th wrong-way DWI arrest on a major Long Island roadway since mid-November.
Police said Roger Cabural, 37, of 264 16th St., was driving a 2009 Plymouth south on Straight Path at about 10:40 p.m. Thursday when police saw him turn left and drive east into the westbound lanes of Route 109, police said. Officers "pulled over Cabural and placed him under arrest after noticing signs of intoxication," the police report said. Police did not say how far he drove in the wrong lanes.
He was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated and was held in Suffolk County Jail on $5,000 bond or $2,500 cash bail after arraignment in First District Court in Central Islip. His next court date is Jan. 14.
The first of a rash of wrong-way incidents occurred Nov. 15. Off-duty New York City police Officer Andre Menzies, of North Babylon, died after his car was hit head-on by an accused drunken driver on the Northern State Parkway in Dix Hills, police said.
Last month, Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy announced extra patrols at highway ramps and DWI checkpoints in an effort to tackle the spate of wrong-way drivers.
Nassau police and Suffolk deputy sheriffs also said they would step up patrols to nab disoriented or intoxicated drivers.