ROME – A Maryland man is set to be deported following a DWI arrest in the city of Rome on Friday, according to the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office.
Around 3 p.m. Friday, March 30, deputies received several “be on the lookout” calls for a vehicle reported to be driving in the wrong direction on Route 365 in Rome. Deputies say while they were searching for the vehicle, members of the Rome Fire Department were responding to a call when they went over a hill and found themselves head-on with a 2003 Toyota Camry traveling northbound in the southbound lane of State Route 26.
The firefighters stopped in the road and blocked the car from traveling any further, and deputies responded to the scene several minutes later, while the Rome Fire Department remained on scene to control traffic.
Deputies say 41-year-old Shashikantbhai Patel of Bel Air, Maryland was the driver, and he was found to be under the influence of alcohol. He was charged with aggravated DWI, open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle, and traveling in the wrong direction.
Deputies say Patel was taken to the Oneida County Jail for arraignment, and the Sheriff’s Office was later contacted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement regarding Patel. ICE then issued a detainer warrant to hold Patel for deportation from the U.S.