A Merrick teenager has been arrested for driving while high on drugs, veering into the opposite lane of traffic and causing a head-on crash on Ocean Parkway on Tuesday night, police said.

Cody Becker, 19, was driving a GMC Denali westbound west of Tobay Beach when the SUV crossed over the center median, into the eastbound lanes and struck a Honda Accord traveling in the opposite direction shortly after 8 p.m., New York State police said.

The 62-year-old Oak Beach man driving the car was airlifted to Nassau University Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries.

Becker was treated and released for minor injuries at NUMC. His was not injured.

Becker was charged with reckless endangerment, vehicular assault, driving while ability impaired by drugs and unlawful possession of marijuana.

He will be arraigned at First District Court in Hempstead.



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