Drunk Driver Busted Going 126 MPH on LIE: Cops

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    Joseph Melendez was arrested for speeding while under the influence of alcohol on the Long Island Expressway.

    Police arrested a 26-year-old man for driving 126 mph while under the influence of alcohol on the Long Island Expressway.

    Police say Joseph Melendez was speeding westbound on the LIE in his 2003 Mitsubishi Evolution between exits 46 and 44 in North Hills early Sunday morning.

    Lasers clocked Melendez moving at 122 mph and then again minutes later, near Exit 41, at 126 mph.

    As police pursued Melendez, they say other motorists on the road were forced to veer away from his car in order to avoid a collision.

    Melendez was eventually stopped at Exit 34 and arrested for driving while intoxicated.

    He has been charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, reckless driving, driving while intoxicated and 10 other violations of motor vehicle laws.

    Melendez was arraigned Sunday in First District Court, Hempstead.

    It wasn't immediately clear if he had a lawyer.