12 Accused of DWI in Port Jefferson Station

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Twelve people were arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated at a sobriety checkpoint in Port Jefferson Station early Saturday morning, according to a police report. Police also said that one vehicle was seized under Suffolk County law for repeat DWI offenses.

Arrested were:

  • James Conte, 35, of 123 Woodhull Landing, Sound Beach
  • Gary Scholz, 51, of  39 Farm Road, Saint James
  • Michael West, 25, of 7 Pineway Ave., Mastic Beach
  • Anthony Capri, 49, of 42 Mill Pond Lane, East Moriches
  • Nelson Marty, 41 of 2 First St., Coram
  • Janine Fitts, 47, of  9A East Ave., Coram
  • Tamela Laboy, 29, of 700 Jericho Turnpike, New Hyde Park
  • Kristen Conrad, 23, of 511 Canal Road, Mount Sinai
  • Michael Suskevich, 24, of 2120 Kenneys Road, Southold
  • Christopher Edwards, 33, of  274 Hallock Road, Stony Brook
  • Douglas McDonough, 24, of 18 Catherine St., Selden
  • Deborah Papetti, 22, of 63 McGaw Ave., Lake Grove, was arrested for Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs. Papetti was also charged with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana.

Suffolk County Police, New York State Police and Suffolk County Parks Police conducted a sobriety checkpoint and saturation patrol at the intersection of Routes 112 and 25A in Port Jefferson Station. Police said 1002 vehicles went through the checkpoint.

"This operation was conducted for the prevention of injuries and fatalities associated with driving while intoxicated, particularly during the Labor Day holiday weekend," read a police statement about the arrests.

Police, along with County Executive Steve Bellone, announced last week that police will be . Officials said that the names of those arrested over the weekend will be released to the media.

The 12 people are scheduled for arraignment Saturday in First District Court in Central Islip.

Earl September 01, 2012 at 02:18 PM
I drove through this checkpoint last night, and let me tell you, with the massive amount of police in the area, there were no thugs hanging out at 7-11 as there usually are, there were no homeless hanging around the train station, and the usually large crowd of illegals by the train station was far less. This just goes to show we need a much larger police presence here. It was like I was in a totally different area. We all need to start writing, calling, emailing, whatever, the SCPD and all the local officials, as well as all the ones running for office locally.
Nick September 01, 2012 at 07:22 PM
I am glad I just stay home now and get drunk it sucks that we live in such a police state whats next check point for smoking in your car or may be for bearthing to much air on a friday night there is no more fun on this Island
Zqueen Bean September 01, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Nick, I am so glad that when your idea of fun, is getting drunk you stay at home...
JohnSonmora September 02, 2012 at 03:45 AM
The situation in PJS is that the homeless and the gang members believe they own that area and not the town. That's why many gangs have territories. I bet the Uptown is led by MS-13 and the 7-11 area is claimed by drug dealers. The SCPD have some work on their hands finding the root of crime in the area.
Donna September 02, 2012 at 01:01 PM
Smoking in your car or breathing too much air on a Friday night does not jeopardize or kill other people. Moron!
KimP September 02, 2012 at 02:03 PM
I wasn't aware you could tell who was homeless or illegal just by looking at people and, according to the article, not one of the people arrested was even from Port Jeff station. It's unfortunate there are so many poor people hanging around the station with nothing to do but I'd rather have that then drunken people driving around in deadly weapons to their respective homes. I agree though that the checkpoints and police presence is necessary at least I didn't read about another stabbing.
HERE FOR THE SAME REASON September 02, 2012 at 04:21 PM
The police being there helps you not getting a call in the middle of the night that your daughter was killed by a drunk driver. If they had an immeadiate firing squad when you were caught drinking and driving, I bet there would be no more repeat offenders and far less 1st offenders. Hmmmm
Earl September 02, 2012 at 05:01 PM
You can quite easily tell who the homeless are in the area when you live right here. I am glad the police are cracking down on DWI, but that was for one night only here. While they were here, it cleaned up the area for one night. They need to be here in force more often to clean up the rest of the garbage. A one night crackdown on DWI is not helping the area in the long term. I am sure there were, sadly, as many drunks on the road the next night.
IrishJoan September 02, 2012 at 06:51 PM
It is marvelous that the SCPD were able to accomplish the feat of removing impaired drivers, possibly preventing a terrible tragedy, but I hope that someone realizes that this shouldn't be limited to a holiday weekend. Furthermore, as several posters have stated, they need to create a highly visible presence in this area 24/7! Remove the criminals from the streets!!
Jay September 02, 2012 at 10:12 PM
I'm all for people enjoying themselves and having a good holiday weekend. The problem is the responsibility issue. U have an age range from 22 to 51 years old in the list of ppl that we're arrested. It's all fun an games till someone gets killed and it's never the drunk who dies in the car accident. It's the innocent person driving in the other car. Wake up people. Grow up and act responsible already!! U deserve every bit of what you get when you get caught for driving under the influence!
Mels Ditties September 03, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Earl...."While they were here, it cleaned up the area for one night."...While they didn't have the mega-force checkpoint after Friday night, SCPD was in town Saturday evening too..Sitting in the driveway adjacent to La Paz...Driving out of town, what caught my eye was no one hanging at the cab stand or the train station benches and virtually no one in front of the barber shop(s), bodega, etc....Only after I noticed that, did I notice the police car...If ONLY they could be there every night...wouldn't take long before the trash moved on... Oh, and there was also a car parked (facing the road) right next to 104 Main (just south of the tracks).... It was a very lovely weekend and I'll venture to guess that when this weeks police blotter comes out there will be very few reports of crime in the area...(beside the DWI).... A "Thank You" shoutout to SCPD car 607...they were up and down main all weekend!!!
David Klopman September 04, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Nick, Perhaps you should move down south where drinking and driving would be more accepted. Hope you realize that was sarcasm. Please do all of us a favor and stay home and drink. I shudder to think that your idea of fun is trying to avoid drunk drivers on the highways.
jake September 06, 2012 at 05:32 AM
So you all can predict that those arrested would have killed someone? I'm so sick of you hypocrites! Every day I see hundreds of you talking on the phone while driving, which is worse than driving under the influence. Every day I see dozens of you going right through stop signs, and the majority are women. 99% of you can't drive in the first place and that's why people are killed in accidents whether it's by a drunk or a person on the phone.
Corkey September 06, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Hypocrites? You should spend some time in a rehab center seeing all of the human wreckage left behind or better yet, go with the police when they notify families that one of their own is dead due a driver driving under the influence. I do agree about the phones, and no I never use a phone when I drive, nor do I go through stop signs since I did learn to read and acknowledge what the word "stop" means, and yes I am a woman and no 99% of accidents are not caused by women but rather by young males.
Mary Louise September 14, 2012 at 08:06 PM
@ David Klopman ~ Your comment is ignorant! I split my time between New York and North Carolina. I can tell you without a shadow of doubt that drunk driving, driving under the influence, etc is no more acceptable down south than it is up north. Can you back up your comment with facts or are you just an idiot? Inquiring minds want to know!
THE SOCIAL WORKER October 31, 2012 at 12:56 AM
Not going to port Jeff to eat and drink anymore.


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