Police: Farmingville Woman on Drugs Drove Wrong Way With Child in Car

Karen Kregel, 44, is arrested Monday morning after she drove on the wrong side of the LIE service road in Medford, police say.

A Farmingville woman was arrested Monday morning and charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs after she drove on the wrong side of the Long Island Expressway service road with her 11-year-old nephew in the car, police said. 

Police said that Karen Kregel's 2004 Honda Accord was seen traveling westbound in the eastbound lane in Medford around 11:18 a.m. The vehicle made a U-turn, causing another vehicle to swerve to avoid an accident, police said.

When police stopped the vehicle the officer determined that Kregel, 44, was impaired by drugs. Police would not say what kind of drugs Kregel had taken. Kregel's nephew was not injured and released to family.

Kregel is charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated with a child under age 16,  a felony under Leandra’s Law, and endangering the welfare of a child, among other state vehicle and trafflic law violations.

Kregel will face arraignment at First District Court in Central Islip on Tuesday.

Nancy K. Nee April 17, 2012 at 10:38 AM
when is this insanity, going to stop???
Krissy Heckencamp May 02, 2012 at 08:34 PM
I know this woman personally. She was not on drugs or intoxicated while she was driving and the cops still have not been able to prove she was on anything or drinking at all. In fact, because this publication did not report that she was "allegedly" on drugs or drinking, she could actually sue this paper and the reporter.
emily cracchiolo December 15, 2012 at 08:10 AM
Karen is a wonderful person who made a mistake, which we are all capable of doing, I've known her for many years, I did a makeover for her for best friends wedding, whoever accused her for being on drugs didnt know Karen enough and misjudged her. She is one beautiful person who wouldnt hurt a fly. Karen I hope you read this cause I am so sorry for what you had to go through, cause people are tooo quick to judge. It was a pleasure seeing you the other day. emily


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