Major Carla A. DiRienzo
Troop T Commander
Batavia, NY – On September 16, 2021, shortly before 2:00 a.m., State Police received multiple reports of a wrong way driver traveling eastbound in the westbound lane of I-90, in the area of Batavia. Troopers observed the vehicle, which was still driving in the wrong direction, nearly striking other vehicles.
After the vehicle crossed over the grassy median, the driver continued eastbound before stopping abruptly on the shoulder. While interviewing the driver, Pietro Russo, 46, of Honeoye, NY, he was found to be intoxicated. He was taken into custody, transported and processed at SP Henrietta where his blood alcohol content was determined to be 0.22%.
Russo was charged with Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated; an Unclassified Misdemeanor. He was turned over to a sober third party and released on appearance tickets returnable to the Town of Leroy Court on October 5, 2021.