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Cops: Wrong-Way Driver Was High on Sunken Meadow

New Hyde Park man admitted to smoking marijuana, taking Valium before he drove, according to state police.

A drug-impaired man was arrested early Sunday after police stopped him as he was driving the wrong way on the Sunken Meadow Parkway in Kings Park, police said.

Walter Tortora, 35, of New Hyde Park, was arrested and charged with driving while ability-impaired by drugs, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and several traffic violations, police said.

Troopers responded to a 911 call reporting a wrong way driver on the parkway at approximately 1:45 a.m., and found a gray Mini-Cooper driving southbound in the northbound lane, according to a statement released Tuesday by New York State police.

Police pulled Tortora over between Pulaski Road and Jericho Turnpike, and found him to be incoherent with slurred speech and bloodshot, watery eyes, officials said.

According to police, Tortora later admitted to having smoked marijuana and taken Valium earlier that evening.

He was also found to be in possession of four Valium pills, police said.

Joy Martinsen February 01, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Sadly, this isn't the first wrong way driver on that road in the last 6 months, very troublesome considering that is a road my family uses, as well as many others I care about. I strongly feel that all exit ramps on all highways should have the spikes that flatten your tires if going the wrong way--this way, a tow truck will need to be called, but the county morgue will not!
Joy Martinsen February 01, 2012 at 02:45 PM
And yes, thank you state troopers for saving a life, actually many lives because even though one person may actually get killed, everyone that loved that individual dies a little, as well.
tommy February 08, 2012 at 04:33 AM
That's actually a great idea.
Matt s March 10, 2012 at 02:12 AM
LCDR April 02, 2012 at 02:22 PM
That's a great idea!!!


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