Long Island Drivers Face Memorial Day Weekend DUI Charges

Two men who fled the scene of car accidents over Memorial Day weekend were among a bevy of drivers arrested on DWI charges, reports the East Hampton Star. According to police, Jeffrey J. Fazzinga was driving his Mitsubishi on Montauk Main Street in the early morning hours when he side swiped a Dodge as it was leaving a parking lot. A breath test at police headquarters showed that Fazzinga had been driving while intoxicated. On Saturday, he was released on $250 bail.

Mark A. Schiavoni was also arrested on drunken driving charges over the weekend. He was swerving erratically on Montauk Highway on Napeague at around 5 am, when he was pulled over by police. Schiavoni, who had recently moved to Amagansett, told authorities he thought he only had a few beers before getting in his 2008 Mitsubishi. But after he failed sobriety tests, he conceded that he must have had more. Shortly after his arraignment, Schiavoni had his license suspended after telling an East Hampton Town Justice he was employed as a driver for Hamptons Free Ride.  A breathalyzer test showed a .18 reading, leading police to raise his misdemeanor charge to an aggravated level.

Other Memorial Day weekend DUI arrests

Memorial Day weekend saw a host of other drunk driving arraignments, as Sag Harbor Village police made multiple arrests on misdemeanor D.W.I. charges. One of the arrests was Ingrida Vanzodas, who was caught speeding on Bay Street, and blowing through a stop sign at the intersection of Route 114 and Main Street. The Churchville, Pa. woman was released after posting $500 bail.

In a separate incident, a Sag Harbor man was caught after trying to flee a sobriety checkpoint on the Flanders Road close to Hampton Bays on Saturday night. Pablo G. Carchipulla, age 31, was charged with D.W.I. after failing roadside sobriety tests, and was also charged with driving without a license – a felony crime. When authorities began to impound the suspect’s vehicle, his passenger, Geovany Plaza, suddenly got behind the wheel and attempted to flee. Police say the 27-year-old drove over medians without headlights onto Sunrise Highway, with law officers in hot pursuit.

Plaza was also found to be intoxicated at the time, and because he had a previous drunk driving conviction, his DWI charge is now at the felony level. Both suspects were arraigned in Southampton Town Justice Court and posted bail.

Fortunately, none of the incidents resulted in serious injury or death, which is often the case when motorists drink and drive.

Legal recourse for drunk driving victims

Statistics show that Suffolk County has one of the highest rates of drunk driving fatalities in New York State, just ahead of Queens County, Nassau County and Kings County. Here at Edelman, Krasin & Jaye, we believe that drunk drivers should be held liable for the pain and suffering their poor decisions and actions cause.

We help victims on Long Island receive legal compensation for their injuries, or the tragic loss of a loved one. Our highly credentialed car accident lawyers work diligently to maximize the payout our clients secure for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other losses.

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