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Police: Medford Man Drives Wrong Way on LIE

51-year-old faces DWI and reckless driving charges from incident, police said.

Mugshot of Steven Brill. Photo courtesy Suffolk County Police Department.
Mugshot of Steven Brill. Photo courtesy Suffolk County Police Department.

A Medford man faces driving while intoxicated charges after driving the wrong way on the Long Island Expressway early Monday morning, Suffolk County police said.

According to police, Steven Brill, 51, was the driver of a 2006 Honda Civic reported by several 911 calls as traveling westbound in the eastbound HOV lane of the highway at Exit 64 at 2:35 a.m.

In order to pull over the vehicle, police say Sgt. Michael Baranek approached the vehicle in the eastbound lane while highway patrol officer Todd Collier drove west on the westbound side until they caught up and pulled over the driver between Exit 59 and Exit 58.

Brill has been charged with driving while intoxicated and reckless driving, police said. Brill is being held at the Sixth Precinct and is scheduled to be arraigned Monday at First District Court in Central Islip.

Story originally published at 9:26 a.m. Updated at 12:30 p.m. 

Archie Bunker January 13, 2014 at 11:55 AM
Just like any crime about to be committed, I guess Mr. Brill thought he would get away with driving as sloshed as he was. Otherwise he wouldn't have done it. He should be thankful he didn't kill someone's innocent loved one. Until DWI penalties come with serious consequences, we'll allow these drunk drivers to prey on society. Everyone I know that has gotten a DWI has been able to get their licenses back right away and plea the charges down to nothing more than a slap on the wrist.
Saffron Smith-Baumm February 07, 2014 at 08:07 PM
What an unfortunate situation. To be so intoxicated that you somehow get turned around on the LIE... I cannot even fathom how he managed it. That this would be his first time doing something so reckless is unlikely, hopefully this man gets the help he needs and loses the license that he has.

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