An elderly man was arrested for driving on the Wantagh Parkway Sunday night, state police said.
Troopers said they received a report of a 71-year-old driver in a white Nissan was seen traveling north in the southbound lanes at about 8:11 p.m.
State police stopped traffic and set up a roadblock where the Nissan had last been seen. When the elderly driver approached, he went past the roadblock, but he was stopped south of the Southern State Parkway, police said.
The man told troopers that he turned the car around at the Jones Beach tolls, thinking they were closed, not realizing he was supposed to merge to the left.
He was charged with reckless driving, speeding, failing to comply with a lawful police order and driving the wrong way.