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Police Arrest 5 in Patchogue Sobriety Checkpoint Effort

Several local residents are charged with DWI in overnight patrol action.

A sobriety checkpoint conducted early Sunday morning on West Main Street in Patchogue resulted in the arrest of six drivers, including residents of Blue Point, Bayport and Sayville.

The patrol effort, which ran from 12 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. and involved officers from the Fifth Precinct, Highway Patrol, Sixth Precinct and Seventh Precinct, stopped 236 vehicles, according to Suffolk Police.

According to the police the following people were arrested and are charged with DWI:

Daniel Mandriota, 23, Bayport.

Brittany Degennaro, 23,  Blue Point.

Amy Shuren, 40, East Patchogue.

Michelle Fernandez, 24, Medford.

Amanda Rahner, 27, Astoria.

According to a police report released Sunday morning all six will be arraigned today at First District Court in Central Islip.

Judy Mottl December 29, 2012 at 02:13 PM
If a charge is dropped and that is then confirmed by the district attorney's office Patch will update the story to reflect that.
Lori December 31, 2012 at 07:35 PM
According to this article, all of the arrests were made on (west) Main Street, Patchogue. This is exactly where cars are ticketed if left over night. I was just wondering, when is Patchogue Village going to stop ticketing cars that are left over night? A person who realizes that they have had too much to drink and wants to take a cab home, also realizes that their car is going to be ticketed if left on the streets of Patchogue. I realize that a parking ticket versus an appearance in court and attorney fees don't compare, but still...can't the village lighten up? Patchogue has become a wonderful place for the young crowd to meet and greet, yet, they are still penalized for making the right choice - leaving their car and taking a cab home! Although I do NOT in any way agree with driving drunk, buzzed, or under the influence- the idea of getting a ticket/punishing a person because they have decided to do the right thing.... is just wrong!
John Thompson June 26, 2013 at 04:30 PM
Patchogue Village is known for ticketing people for a moving violation, when they haven't really done anything wrong. When they show up in court as required, they're brought into a room where it is plea bargained down to a non-moving violation so that there are no points against their license, but you still have to pay a hefty fine for a "parking ticket." It's a real scam, and it's been going on forever. It's just another way for the village to raise money for their coffers. If you don't believe me, go down to a traffic court session. You'll see a couple of hundred people lined up waiting to be fleeced. Stay away from Patchogue Village.
Minx McCloud July 04, 2013 at 11:32 AM
Lori, Easily solved. If you know you're going to drink, leave your car at home or have a designated driver. Or perhaps you should spring some extra bucks and take a cab TO the bar as well. Just common sense, especially when you KNOW that the town relies on ticket fines to "raise money for their coffers," as John put it.
steve shea July 08, 2013 at 10:35 AM
John, You should know that when Villages reduces moving violation to an unclassified parking ticket, the Village gets to keep the entire fine. If a fine is levied for a moving violation, most of the money goes to the State. See an economic incentive here?

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