Police: Man Drove Drunk In Opposite Lane Of Traffic Before Head-On Collision

Bridgeport man also accused of cocaine possession and driving without a license

A Connecticut man was arrested early Saturday morning after allegedly driving drunk and colliding head-on with another driver, state police at Somers said.

Ricardo Martinez-Arenas, 34, is accused of driving the wrong way on I-684 in Katonah, heading south in the northbound lane at about 2:36 a.m. Police say Martinez-Arenas injured himself and his three victims when he collided head-on with their car in the northbound lane.

One of the victims suffered a broken femur in the crash; two others were transported, along with Martinez-Arenas, to Westchester County Medical Center in Valhalla. The severity of their injuries wasn't immediately clear, and police didn't release identifying information about the victims or updates on their condition. The victim's car had three passengers in addition to the driver -- one of those passengers was treated for minor injuries and released.

A search of the suspect's car turned up a small amount of cocaine, and police say Martinez-Arenas was driving without a license. The Bridgeport, Conn., man was charged with second-degree felony vehicular assault, misdemeanor DWI, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, driving without a license, and a violation for failure to obey a traffic sign.

Martinez-Arenas was arraigned in Somers town court and was sent to Westchester County Jail, where he's being held on $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond bail.


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