Another Drunken Driver Drives Wrong Way on Taconic: Cops

A week after a Bronx man drove the wrong way down the Taconic drunk.

By Eric Luu
|  Friday, Sep 18, 2009  |  Updated 12:29 PM EDT
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Another Drunken Driver Drives Wrong Way on Taconic: Cops

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This is what Diane Schuler's minivan looked like after the fatal crash in July.

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An Ossining man allegedly was drunk when he drove the wrong way on the Taconic Parkway just a week after a Bronx man is accused of doing the same.

Cops arrested Henry Garcia early this morning; they said he was driving against oncoming traffic north of the Croton Reservoir Bridge in Mount Pleasant, but there was no crash.

A week ago, a Bronx man drove north the wrong way on the southbound lanes near Underhill Avenue in Yorktown. Cops said he was drunk, too.

Both incidents are chilling reminders of the Jul. 26 crash that killed eight people, including Diane Schuler, who cops said was drunk and high when she plowed her minivan head-on into an SUV. Schuler's blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit at the itme of the crash, which killed her daughter, three nieces and three men from Yonkers in another car.

In the latest drunken incident on the Taconic, motorists on the road called the cops to report a man driving south on the northbound lanes of the parkway.

A Mount Pleasant patrol car saw him drive south on the left northbound lane, police said. Then the driver made a u-turn to correct the situation. Mount Pleasant police and state troopers then stopped him.

Garcia’s blood alcohol level was at 0.27 percent -- more than three times the legal limit -- and was arrested for aggravated DWI.

Garcia, 19, is an undocumented immigrant and an unlicensed driver. State police are working with the US Immigration Officials regarding his status.

He is being charged with aggravated DWI and his arraignment is pending in the Town of Mount Pleasant Court.

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