State Police: Driver Heading Wrong Way on I-81 Charged with Aggravated DWI

April 18, 2013, Last Updated 10:30 a.m.

ELLISBURG, N.Y.    A 24-year-old Westchester County man was arrested Wednesday afternoon after driving the wrong way on Interstate 81 in the town of Ellisburg, according to state police.

Kevin J. Starkey, 24, of Katonah, N.Y., was charged at 1:45 p.m. with aggravated driving while intoxicated, reckless driving and other traffic violations. 

His blood alcohol content was 0.20 percent, troopers said. A BAC of 0.08 percent or more is considered proof of intoxication under state law. Aggravated DWI, which carries a harsher penalty upon conviction is charged when the BAC is 0.18 percent or greater.

Troopers began to receive reports at about 12:54 p.m. of a vehicle heading north in the southbound lane of Interstate 81 in Oswego County near exit 36 at Pulaski.

Numerous patrols were dispatched to southern Jefferson County and the vehicle was halted at mile marker 139 between exits 40 and 41 without incident, troopers said.

No accidents were reported. 

Mr. Starkey was arraigned before Ellisburg Town Justice Peter C. Payne and sent to the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building with bail set at $1,000 cash which was later posted. 

While being processed at the jail, he provided a home address of Route 104A, Oswego. 

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