Cops: While Driving Drunk, Plainview Man Caused Crash on Rt. 135

John Derrico, 51, drove southbound in the northbound lanes, leading to a crash with another motorist, police said.

A Plainview man was arrested Saturday after he allegedly drove drunk and went the wrong way on the Seaford-Oyster Bay Expressway (Rt. 135), leading to a crash, cops said.

According to police, around 1 a.m. Saturday, John Derrico, 51, was driving his 2013 Ford southbound in the northbound lanes near exit 8 (Powell Avenue). His vehicle collided with a 2007 Volvo that was driving northbound in the center lane. Derrico's vehicle then struck the center median.

The driver of the Volvo was unharmed, cops said. 

A Highway Patrol Bureau officer responded and saw flames coming from underneath the hood of Derrico's vehicle, police said. The officer was able to remove Derrico from the car. 

After an investigation, cops determined that Derrico was operating the vehicle under the influence of alcohol. He was taken into custody and brought to a nearby hospital for medical observation. 

The Ford impounded for inspection, and cops are unsure where Derrico entered Rt. 135 from.

Derrico is charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, driving while intoxicated, reckless driving and driving the wrong way on a one way street. His arraignment is scheduled for Sunday at First District Court in Hempstead.
tj November 09, 2013 at 05:23 PM
Jay November 10, 2013 at 08:44 AM
as someone who is on the 135 at least twice a day, I say eff you to this piece of crap, could have killed anyone of us
Maggie November 10, 2013 at 10:27 AM
It's so disturbing to know this idiot will be on the road again, in the same intoxicated state, putting other drivers and police officers, (who need to rescue him!), in danger. He should feel the deepest shame for what he did, and grateful that he didn't take anyone's life.....this time.
Rob Roedig November 10, 2013 at 05:14 PM
seems we'll always have these types on the road; some advice: when driving in the wee hours, always be scanning ahead for headlights, or no lights, on your side of the road, and stay to the right, because if the drunk still has any sense they'll likely be towards their right, which would be your left lane.


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