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12 Accused of DWI in Port Jefferson Station

A criminal charge is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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.

Happy and Peppy 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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