An alleged drunken driver was arrested for nearly running over two Nassau County police officers while the suspect was speeding the wrong way on Hempstead Turnpike in East Meadow over the weekend, authorities said.

Tomas Menjivar drove westbound in the eastbound lanes of Route 24 near Merrick Avenue when he almost hit the cops who were investigating a prior crash at 6:20 a.m. Sunday, police said.

The officers jumped out of the way of the 25-year-old Huntington Station man’s Dodge, police said. Menjivar was stopped and found to be driving under the influence of alcohol, police said.

No injuries were reported and Menjivar’s vehicle was impounded.

Menjivar was charged with driving while intoxicated and reckless driving. He will be arraigned Monday at First District Court in Hempstead.


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Timothy Bolger is the Managing Editor for the Long Island Press who’s been working to uncover unreported stories since shortly after it launched in 2003. When he’s not editing, getting hassled by The Man or fielding cold calls to the newsroom, he covers crime, general interest and political news in addition to reporting longer, sometimes investigative features. He won’t be happy until everyone is as pissed off as he is about how screwed up Lawn Guyland is.