A 19-year-old man was injured and then charged with DWI after a single-car crash on Route 25 in Calverton Saturday, police said.
Cops said Rodolfo Paredes of Calverton was heading west in a 1993 Nissan Altima when he lost control of the car and struck a utility pole before careening into a tree and coming to a stop about 4:30 p.m.
The crash happened on the north side of the road, in front of the Calverton Commons shopping center.
Mr. Paredes, who was the lone passenger in the car, was taken to Stony Brook University Medical Center with serious injuries, police said. He was upgraded to fair condition Sunday, according to a hospital spokesman.
Modelo beer cans were found scattered at the scene, as well as a Coors Lite box inside the car. There were piles of empty beer cans in the car’s trunk.
Police charged Mr. Paredes for driving while intoxicated.
Wading River volunteer firefighters had to cut the car’s roof off to free Mr. Paredes, who was then transported via Wading River ambulance to Stony Brook.
Route 25 was closed to traffic for about 35 minutes from Fresh Pond Road to the intersection of routes 25 and 25A while police investigated.