Incident: Wrong-Way Driver Arrested for DWI

Location: Westbound Sunrise Highway Service Road, between exit 50 and exit 50A, Holbrook

Date/Time: Sunday, March 14, 2021 at approximately 1:40 a.m.

Suffolk County Police early this morning arrested a woman for driving while intoxicated after she drove her vehicle in the wrong direction on Sunrise Highway.

A motorist called 911 at 1:25 a.m. to report a motor vehicle traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes of Sunrise Highway near exit 44 in Islip. Highway Patrol officers responded and located a 2017 Honda Accord traveling in the wrong direction. When officers attempted to pull over the Honda, the driver failed to stop and continued traveling eastbound.

Officers then closed the eastbound lanes of Sunrise Highway at exit 50. When the Honda reached exit 50, the driver made a U-turn and began travelling westbound. The Honda stopped for a Highway Patrol officer on the westbound Sunrise Highway Service Road between exit 50 and exit 50A.

The driver of the Honda, Maria Latora, was arrested and charged with Driving While Intoxicated. Latora, 26, of 1611 Wading River Manor Road, Wading River, is being held overnight at the Fourth Precinct and is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on March 14.