Holbrook Man Accused of Wrong-way Road Rage

Thomas Brown Jr.
Thomas Brown Jr.

A man has been arrested for driving the wrong way down Veterans Memorial Highway during a road-rage confrontation with another driver in his hometown of Holbrook last month, Suffolk County police said.

Thomas Brown Jr. was charged Sunday with reckless endangerment following an investigation by a Fifth Precinct Crime Section officer.

Police said the 37-year-old suspect was driving on Route 454 when he approached a construction zone that forced two lanes to merge into one, sparking a dispute between him and another driver about who was going to merge first at 11:45 a.m. July 24.

Brown told investigators that while he was waiting to make a left turn onto Coates Avenue, the other driver threw an object at his vehicle, police said.

That’s when Brown allegedly made a right, heading eastbound on the westbound shoulder of Veterans Memorial Highway, nearly hitting several vehicles, police said.

Brown will be arraigned on a later date.