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Police Charge Six With DWI at 'Stop DWI' Check Points

‘Stop DWI’ Task Force check points results in arrests Saturday night and early Sunday morning.

The following information was supplied by the . A criminal charge is only an accusation, and does not indicate convictions.

Six people were charged with driving while intoxicated over night on July 21 and July 22 at police check points as part of a East End Stop DWI Task Force initiative, reported.

Southold Town Police officers along with members of the New York State Police and the Suffolk County Parks Police conducted enhanced DWI enforcement throughout the Town of Southold during the overnight period. Two separate sobriety checkpoints were conducted along with saturation patrols with the following arrests being made:

• Santos U. Ruiz, 36, of Peconic, was charged with DWI, consuming alcohol in a motor vehicle, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and moving from a lane unsafely.

• Ricardo A. Ramos-Hernandez, 32, of Greenport, was charged with driving while intoxicated, unlicensed operator, operating a motor vehicle without insurance, and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended registration.

• James M. Tozar, 70, of Mattituck, was charged with driving while intoxicated.

• Gabriella C. Garren, 22, of East Marion, was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, and inadequate lights on a motor vehicle.

• Zachary Savona, 29, of Stamford, Conn., was charged with driving while intoxicated.

• Donna A. Johnson, 34, of Patchogue, was charged with driving while intoxicated.

All suspects were transported to police headquarters in Peconic, processed and held overnight for arraignments on July 22.

The Southold Town Police Department will continue to participate in the East End Stop DWI Task Force's deployments in Eastern Suffolk as part of its campaign against intoxicated and impaired drivers in our communities, police said.

Linda Marie Mysliborski July 22, 2012 at 09:47 PM
Kudos to our police for taking these drunk drivers off the road before they killed someone!
Steve July 23, 2012 at 11:20 AM
don't fool yourself into thinking that's why they setup these checkpoints Linda. This is all about the money
BOB PALADIN July 23, 2012 at 12:39 PM
if a check point was set up on PBB maybe the road would be useable fri, sat and sundays for the residents who... pay taxes here... this weekend even the bi peddlars were loaded and it seems nobody understands what 30 mph law is....sick and tired of being pushed around .....
john July 23, 2012 at 12:52 PM
i was stopped by the check, the officer was very polite and informed us of the check asked a few questions and we thank him and we were off. Did anyone notice who was drunk driving and had no license or insurance???????? think about it?????????.
margaret July 23, 2012 at 01:20 PM
The East End DWI Task doesn't cost us $$ its funded by the drunk, drugged drivers found gulity in a court of law. Plus, I have yet to see a checkpoint where any officer has been rude yet can't say the same for some drivers. Thank you, PD and DA.
Sarah D July 23, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Checkpoints are solely for the purpose of getting revenue for tickets in that town and not about safety. They check every other car do some bs tests that they then are instructed to say the driver failed so they can give a breathalyzer. Real cops are on the road pulling people over as a result of signs of being impaired in addition to responding to emergencies. How many emergencies had delayed responses because every cop in the north fork was at a checkpoint?
Eddie July 23, 2012 at 03:19 PM
I was stopped and when asked I told them yes I had a drink earlier(no reason to lie). I was asked to pull to the side so an officer can make sure I was safe to drive. I pulled over, he did his quick test and told me to have a good night. Both the state officer and southold officer were very polite and professional.
margaret July 23, 2012 at 04:13 PM
maybe you should find out the correct information before you print false comments. This is a DWI task force, NOT regular patrol so NO emergencies had delayed responses. It is out there for the safety of the communities they are covering. Maybe just maybe one of these drunk or drugged drivers being taken off the road saved someones life. Oh and guess what...these are REAL cops. look up the East End DWI Task Force.

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