Honk leads to bevy of charges against Lewis County man


TOWN OF LEYDEN — A Lewis County man has been charged with drunken driving after law enforcers said he honked his horn at a passing patrol car Saturday evening.

Sheriff’s deputies said Thomas J. Longway, 34, of 7059 Denley Road, Leyden, was spotted speeding eastbound on Denley Road at about 7 p.m. Saturday. Deputies said Longway crossed fully into the oncoming lane when rounding a sharp curve in the road.

Once he was back in his proper lane, authorities stated Longway repeatedly honked his horn for no apparent reason when a marked squad car passed him in the oncoming lane.

The deputy turned around and pursued Longway, who authorities said refused to stop for the emergency lights. Deputies said Longway eventually pulled his vehicle behind a residence and tried to flee on foot, only to be taken into custody immediately.

Longway is charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, imprudent speed, failure to comply with a lawful order, failure to keep right, moving from lane unsafely, failure to signal a turn, second-degree obstruction of a governmental administration and improper use of a horn, authorities said. He was arraigned in court and was released on his own recognizance. He is scheduled to reappear in court.


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