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SUFFOLK COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE LEANDRA’S LAW DWI ARREST


ONE OF TWELVE DWI ARRESTS OVER THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND

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(RIVERHEAD, NY) Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office Deputies made a Leandra’s Law arrest late Saturday night on North Ocean Ave. in Farmingville.


At approximately 1:41 AM on 11/28/21, Deputies observed a van failing to maintain its lane on North Ocean Ave. in Farmingville. Upon stopping the vehicle, Deputies found the driver, William Coelho-Marques, 37, of Brentwood, to be showing signs of intoxication. Deputies also observed Coelho-Marques’ four-year-old child sitting in the front passenger seat without any safety restraints. Mr. Coelho-Marques was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated under Leandra’s Law. He was transported to the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office Civil Bureau where he submitted to a chemical blood test; the results of which are pending laboratory results by the Suffolk County Crime Laboratory. The child’s mother was called to the scene to pick up her child.


Leandra’s Law (the Child Passenger Protection Act) is a NYS law making it an automatic felony on the first offense to drive drunk with a person age 15 or younger inside the vehicle. It was named after 11 year-old Leandra Rosado who was killed on the Henry Hudson Parkway on October 11, 2009, when she was the passenger in a car accident, driven by a driver who was allegedly driving while intoxicated.


The Leandra’s Law arrest of Mr. Coelho-Marques was one of TWELVE arrests for Driving While Intoxicated, occurring late Wednesday night into early Sunday morning. These arrests were all part of ongoing DWI enforcement by the Sheriff’s Office.


Also arrested were:

November 28, 2021

Johnnie Wills, 69, of Brentwood, was stopped traveling on Sunrise Highway east of Oakdale-Bohemia Road for operating a vehicle without either rear tail lamp lit or visible. Mr. Wills was found to be intoxicated and was arrested for DWI, consented to a breath test, and registered a BAC of .09.


November 27, 2021

Steven Renn, 31, of Massapequa, NY, was observed on Sunrise Highway west of exit 46 drifting into the center lane and shoulder multiple times and exceeding the posted limit of 55 mph by traveling at 81 mph. Mr. Renn was found to be intoxicated and was arrested for DWI, consented to a breath test, and registered a BAC of .14.

Julio Sydney, 29, of Coral Springs, FL, was observed traveling on Lake St. in Patchogue, failing to maintain his lane of travel and failing to signal turning maneuvers to other drivers. Mr. Sydney was found to be intoxicated and was arrested for DWI. He refused to take a chemical breath test.

Arlinson Arietta, 27, of Hartland, WI, was observed failing to stop for a stop sign on North Ocean Ave. and Cedar Grove St. in Patchogue. He was found to be intoxicated and was arrested for DWI, consented to a breath test, and registered a BAC of .11.


November 26, 2021

Nestor Torrespardo, 26, of Medford, was observed on North Ocean Ave., north of Woodside Ave. traveling 120 mph in a posted 45 mph zone. Mr. Torrespardo was found to be intoxicated and was arrested for DWI, consented to a breath test, and registered a BAC of .22. Due to the high BAC, he was charged with Aggravated DWI.

Amber Aras, 32, of Kings Park, was observed on Patchogue-Holbrook Rd. north of the Holbrook Country Club traveling 95 mph in a posted 45 mph zone. She was found to be intoxicated and was arrested for DWI, consented to a breath test, and registered a BAC of .10.


November 25, 2021

Melody Rivera, 46, of Holbrook, was stopped on Veterans Highway north of Sunrise Highway for failure to maintain lane and not having lights activated at night. Ms. Rivera was found to be intoxicated. She was arrested for DWI, consented to a breath test, and registered a BAC of .21. Due to the high BAC, she was charged with Aggravated DWI.

Luis Chavarria, 32, of Shirley, was stopped on Sunrise Highway by Hospital Road for making an unsafe lane change. Mr. Chavarria was found to be intoxicated. He was arrested for DWI, consented to a breath test, and registered a BAC of .16.

Rolando Lazo 53, of Patchogue, was stopped on North Ocean Ave. by Sunrise Highway for failure to maintain lane, unsafe lane change, and failure to signal a lane change. Mr. Lazo was found to be intoxicated. He was arrested for DWI, consented to a breath test, and registered a BAC of .16.

Thomas McCarthy 21, of Lindenhurst, was stopped on North Ocean Avenue north of Roe Blvd for running a stop sign. Mr. McCarthy was found to be intoxicated. He was arrested for DWI, consented to a breath test, and registered a BAC of .15.


November 24, 2021: ALLEGED UBER DRIVER ARRESTED

Ezio Casimirri Jr., 46, of Bellport, was stopped for speeding--approx. 80 MPH--on Nicolls Road north of Greenbelt Parkway. Mr. Casimirri reported to the Deputy that he was a driver for Uber and was on his way to pick up his customer. He was arrested for DWI, consented to a breath test, and registered a BAC of .10.


Suffolk County Sheriff Dr. Errol D. Toulon, Jr. thanks his Deputies for their hard work. “Thanksgiving is a time to come together and give thanks with family and friends. Unfortunately, that celebrating sometimes leads to poor choices and dangerous situations on our county’s roads. I commend my staff for their hard work in safely removing these impaired drivers from the streets so that those traveling for Thanksgiving can arrive safe and sound.”

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