Wrong-Way I-84 Driver Arrested for DWI

Sheriff Kevin J. McConville reports the arrest of a Brewster woman for driving the wrong way on I84.

On November 11, 2023, at approximately 1:45 am, Deputies, along with the Kent Police Department and the New York State Police, were dispatched to I84 in the Town of Kent for a vehicle that was being driven eastbound in the westbound lanes.

A Sheriff’s Deputy observed the vehicle and attempted to get it to stop; it eventually did after striking a Village of Brewster Police Department unit near the Route 312 exit. The driver, 41-year-old Lynne Cabiati of Brewster, was unaware she was traveling in the wrong direction. It was quickly determined that Ms. Cabiati was intoxicated, and she failed multiple sobriety tests. She was taken into custody and charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Unlawfully Fleeing a Police Officer in a Motor Vehicle, and Reckless Driving, all misdemeanors, and Driving the Wrong Way on a One-Way Street.

Ms. Cabiati was processed at the Sheriff’s Office and was released to a relative to appear at a future date in the Town of Southeast Court. The Brewster Police Department officer was not injured; however, a Kent Police Department officer was injured as he was responding to the call and was struck by an uninvolved vehicle. He, along with the occupants of that vehicle, were transported to Danbury Hospital for minor injuries.

It was later learned that the original 911 call on the wrong-way driver was made to Dutchess County, indicating that the vehicle had traveled a long distance before it was ultimately stopped in Putnam County.