Wrong way driver arrested on the Taconic State Parkway


NEW YORK STATE POLICE 
Major Richard L. Mazzone
Troop K Commander
PRESS RELEASE
Stanford, New York – On March 4, 2019, the New York State Police from the Poughkeepsie barracks arrested Daniel D. Loper, age 33, of Philadelphia, PA, for four counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th degree, Possession of a Hypodermic Instrument, all class A misdemeanors, and Operating a Motor Vehicle while Impaired with Drugs, an unclassified misdemeanor.

On March 4, 2019, at approximately 11:25 p.m., Dutchess County 911 received multiple calls regarding a wrong way driver on the Taconic State Parkway.  Thanks to the information provided by concerned citizens, Troopers were able to safely locate the 1997 Honda Accord traveling northbound in the southbound lanes just north of Bullshead Road in the town of Stanford within minutes.

An investigation found the operator, Loper, was impaired by drugs while operating the vehicle.  Further investigation discovered he was in possession of approximately 0.8 grams of heroin, 1.2 grams of Buprenorphine Hydrochloride, 0.6 grams of Clonazepam, 10 milligrams of Methadone Hydrochloride, and hypodermic needles.

Loper was issued the appropriate appearance tickets returnable to the town of Stanford Court on March 27, 2019, at 4:00 p.m., and then released to a responsible third party.