01/28/13 5:50pm

A Flanders man was arrested for drunken driving on Shelter Island Saturday night and was held until he could be picked up by immigration officials, Shelter Island police said.

Carlos Dominguez, 34, was arrested on Summerfield Place in Shelter Island Heights about 9 p.m., according to a police report. After an investigation, he was found to be intoxicated and charged with driving while intoxicated, police said.

He was processed and held to be processed by immigration authorities, police said.

11/22/12 10:03am

The Suffolk County East End DWI Task Force and the Shelter Island Police Department are warning motorists to stay sober this holiday weekend.

Police said DWI checkpoints will be set up on the Island to catcher drivers who violate DWI laws.

“Be sure to assign a designated driver, call for a taxi or limo or make arrangements to stay at a location if you have been drinking,” said Shelter Island Police Chief James Read in a press release issued Wednesday night.

10/17/12 5:51pm

A Shelter Island man was arrested for drunken driving Monday evening and charged under Leandra’s Law after he was caught speeding while intoxicated with his 3-year-old son in the car, Southold Town police said.

Raymond Sanwald, 33, was speeding while driving a 2002 Dodge on Route 48 in Southold about 5 p.m. when he was stopped by police, according to a police report. An officer at the scene found that Mr. Sanwald was intoxicated. His 3-year-old son was in a child seat in the back of the vehicle, police said.

Mr. Sanwald was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated and a Leandra’s Law violation. He was taken to police headquarters, processed and held for arraignment, police said.

09/14/12 4:00pm

BETH YOUNG PHOTO |  Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota speaks at a press conference Friday at the U.S. Coast Guard Station in Hampton Bays.

The Suffolk County East End DWI Task Force plans to expand its mission to cover Boating While Intoxicated crimes next summer, after a successful inaugural summer of DWI checkpoints on the East End.

Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota announced the effort at a press conference at the U.S. Coast Guard station in Hampton Bays Friday afternoon.

“We just the other day decided the time had come when we had to do this,” said Mr. Spota, who said he had just recently been involved in the indictment of a man who killed a father of two when he was in a waterway channel going the wrong way at an excessive rate of speed. “I will deputize all the officers so they can cross local boundaries.”

Mr. Spota said the Coast Guard will also play a major role in the effort.

“All agencies will participate, even those that don’t have a boat,” he said. “We have to be as aggressive as we are on the land.”

Mr. Spota said the D.A.’s office will use the proceeds from assets seized from criminals to fund overtime expenses for local departments, as well as state grant money and fees that Suffolk County receives from people who are convicted of DWI.

“The residents of the East End will not be paying a nickel for this effort,” he said.

Mr. Spota added that the DWI Task Force checkpoints, which began Memorial Day Weekend throughout the East End and have netted numerous arrests each weekend, will continue on designated weekends through the end of this year.

Mr. Spota said he had personally spent 11 years as a homicide prosecutor consoling families who couldn’t understand how a drunk driver had ruined their family’s life.

He also thanked representatives from the East End police departments who participated in the effort, many of whom were at the press conference.

“The very worst part of policing is bearing the burden of knocking on that door to bear that terrible news,” he said.

“They say success has many fathers but failure is an orphan,” he said. “We have a lot of proud fathers here. As district attorney, I’m deeply grateful for their enthusiasm and cooperation.”

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