An intoxicated motorist driving the wrong way on Route 9W in Nyack early Wednesday morning was carted off in the back of a squad car—but not before his passenger tried to free him from the cops, according to authorities.
Orangetown police spotted the driver—a 33-year-old Spring Valley man—driving the wrong direction at about 3:10 a.m., police said. The man was behind the wheel of a 2006 Hyundai Elantra.
Cops pulled the car over on High Avenue and learned the driver was drunk, police told Patch. He failed sobriety checks and was placed in the back seat of the squad car.
Police later learned he had a suspended license, as well.
The driver's passenger—a 23-year-old woman from Pomona—then "kicked the rear bumper of the patrol vehicle and recklessly ran into the roadway of High Avenue obstructing vehicle traffic," cops said, while also attempting to free the driver from police.
The alleged drunk driver was charged with driving while intoxicated and aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, both misdemeanors, and a spate of traffic violations.
The female passenger was charged with resisting arrest and obstruction of governmental administration, both misdemeanors, and disorderly conduct, a violation.
Both are due in Nyack Village Court on Sept. 3.