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A 51-year-old Plainview man was recently charged with reckless driving, first degree reckless endangerment, driving the wrong way on a one-way street and driving while intoxicated. These charges came after he allegedly drove his 2013 Ford southbound while in the northbound lane on Long Island's Seaford-Oyster Bay Expressway in the vicinity of Powell Avenue. The accident happened at approximately 1 a.m. According to Nassau County police, after colliding head-on with a 2007 Volvo driven by a 29-year-old man, the Plainview man fled the scene before crashing into the highway median. His car then burst into flames.

A New York Highway Patrol officer was able to extricate the driver from the flaming wreckage. According to reports, it quickly became evident that the man was driving under the influence of alcohol. He was medically evaluated at a local hospital before being booked on the aforementioned charges and arraigned in Hempstead on November 10 at the First District Court. A cash bond was set at $2,500. The man made bail and was released pending his next court appearance.

Being charged with driving while intoxicated is a serious offense that is compounded when an accident with injuries and property damages results. Along with criminal charges that can cost thousands of dollars in fines, restrict your freedom and result in a loss of driving privileges, you may face civil suits resulting from alleged liabilities arising from the incident that can have financial ramifications for years to come. In order to protect your rights, it is important to consider the advice of an experienced criminal defense lawyer.

Source: examiner.com, "Long Island man faces DWI charge after fiery wrong-way crash" Mike Balsamo, Nov. 10, 2013

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