DWI Charges Filed Following Wrong-Way Crash On LIE

A Long Island woman faces drunken driving charges after driving down the wrong way on the LIE Tuesday morning, police said. (WPIX-TV)

A Long Island woman was arrested and charged Tuesday after police say she got behind the wheel drunk and drove down the wrong way of the Long Island Expressway, ultimately crashing into an oncoming vehicle.

According to Nassau County police, both drivers involved in the collision were hospitalized with injuries that were not life-threatening.

Katelyn A. O'Connell of Westbury was expected to be arraigned at a later date on DWI and reckless endangerment charges. It was not immediately known if she was represented by an attorney.

Police say 22-year-old O'Connell was driving westbound in the LIE's eastbound lanes at about 5 a.m. Tuesday when her car crashed head-on into a vehicle driven by a 27-year-old man. He was not identified.

The eastbound LIE was closed for nearly six hours while police investigated.