BOHEMIA, N.Y. — A 16-year-old has been charged with DWI after a wrong-way crash early Sunday morning in Bohemia on the Sunrise Highway service road.
Thomas Barbella, 16, was driving a GMC SUV southbound in the northbound lanes of Lakeland Avenue just after midnight when a police officer attempted to pull him over. Barbella fled and a police chase began.
Moments later, Barbella crashed into a Ford Fusion at the intersection of Lakeland Avenue and the Sunrise Highway north service road, police said.
Breanna Gamaldi, 26, was driving the Fusion and sustained non-life-threatening injuries from the crash.
Barbella was airlifted to a nearby hospital in critical condition. He has been charged with a DWI and additional charges against him are pending. He was issued a field appearance ticket at the hospital for arraignment at a later date.