PATCHOGUE, New York – A Florida man faces a slew of charges after allegedly getting drunk and driving the wrong way down a Patchogue highway and hitting a Highway Patrol officer’s vehicle, according to the Suffolk County Police Department.
Steven Hennessy, 43, faces charges of driving while intoxicated, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, reckless endangerment and reckless assault.
After operators got calls around 3 a.m. reporting a driver going the wrong way down the highway, Highway Patrol Officer Joseph Verdi responded and slowed down eastbound traffic by activating his emergency lights and weaving across the lanes.
Hennessy, driving a 2012 Ford Van the wrong way, slammed into Verdi’s vehicle head-on east of Nicolls Road. Hennessy wasn’t hurt in the crash.
Verdi was treated at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue for minor injuries and released.
Officers impounded the van; an investigation is ongoing.