2014 News Releases

Sheriff's Office
Adrian H. Anderson, Sheriff

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July 9, 2014        Print version


July 4th Crackdown Detail Results in 28 Arrests in Dutchess County

During the July 4th weekend, members of the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department, Town of East Fishkill Police Department, Town of Hyde Park Police Stop DWI NYDepartment, City of Poughkeepsie Police Department, City of Beacon Police Department, Village of Red Hook Police Department, Village of Millerton Police Department, Village of Wappingers Falls Police Department, Village of Millerton Police Department and the New York State Police conducted multi-agency “Saturation Patrol” details throughout Dutchess County as part of a high visibility “Crackdown” enforcement campaign. Additionally, joint agency sobriety checkpoints were conducted by some of the involved agencies as well.

The goal of the July 4th Impaired Driving Crackdown as all other crackdown periods was to discourage people from driving impaired, promote awareness and keep the roadways safe. These details were conducted during the July 4th crackdown period of July 3, 2014 thru July 7, 2014. In an effort to publicize and get the message out to the public, one of the checkpoints was covered by a local news agency and featured on the news that night.

These patrol details were funded by the Governors Traffic Safety Committee and the NYS STOP-DWI Foundation which awarded the Dutchess County STOP-DWI Program a “Crackdown Enforcement Grant” for the 2013-2014 Crackdown periods. The objective of the enforcement grant is to revitalize and enhance the visibility of the STOP-DWI Program through coordinated multi-agency impaired driving enforcement details targeting identified statewide crackdown periods. They also include the assignment of certified Drug Recognition Experts (DRE) to aid in the identification and apprehension of drivers impaired by drugs other than alcohol. DRE’s from the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department and the New York State Police assisted at these details.

Dutchess County STOP-DWI Coordinator William Johnson stated, “Participation in the statewide Crackdown campaign has enhanced the collective efforts of law enforcement to identify and apprehend those who chose to drive impaired. This coordinated effort targets holiday periods that are the deadliest on our roadways due to impaired driving crashes. Funded through a grant from the NYS STOP-DWI Foundation, the intent and single focus is to reduce the incidence of impaired driving and to eliminate the injuries and fatalities that are 100% percent preventable.”

According to data from NHTSA, during the 4th of July holiday over the past five years (2008 to 2012), 765 people lost their lives in crashes involving drivers with a BAC of .08 or more. These fatalities account for 40% percent of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities over the same five-year holiday time frame.

While STOP-DWI efforts across New York have led to significant reductions in the numbers of alcohol related fatalities, still too many lives are being lost because of crashes caused by drunk or impaired drivers. Highly visible, publicized efforts like the Crackdown campaign aim to reduce the numbers even further. Motorists encountering what they suspect is an impaired driver should call 911 with a description of the vehicle, location and direction of travel.

The next crackdown period is the Labor Day Crackdown period of August 15, 2014 thru September 1, 2014.

The combined efforts of the involved police agencies during this period resulted in the reported arrests of 28 subjects, 19 of those arrests being impaired driving arrests.

On Saturday July 5, 2014 members of the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department and the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department conducted a “roving” Sobriety Checkpoint detail from approximately 5:00pm to 11:59pm consisting of three separate checkpoints on Maple St (Westbound Arterial Highway), Baker St (Eastbound Arterial Highway) and Main St.

Then on Sunday July 6, 2014 from approximately 12:00am to 5:00am members of the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department, Village of Wappingers Falls Police Department and the New York State Police conducted a Sobriety Checkpoint on State Route 9 at the Poughkeepsie/Wappinger Town lines.

Below is a listing of arrestees and charges that have been reported.

  • Jhavaun Cutchin (25 yoa) of Poughkeepsie, NY was charged with DWI & BAC .08% or more both misdemeanors in the Town of Poughkeepsie.

  • Jason Sojo (35 yoa) of Beacon, NY was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 3rd a misdemeanor in the City of Beacon.

  • Richard Gillen (42 yoa) of West New York, NJ was charged with DWI & BAC .08% or more both misdemeanors in the Town of Poughkeepsie.

  • Patrick Jones (50 yoa) of Red Hook, NY was charged with DWI & Aggravated DWI both misdemeanors in the Town of Red Hook.

  • Washington Tragle IV (69 yoa) of Colorado was charged with DWI a misdemeanor in the Village of Red Hook.

  • Phillip Williams (42 yoa) of Poughkeepsie, NY was charged with DWI a misdemeanor in the City of Poughkeepsie.

  • Michael Garnero (54 yoa) of Poughkeepsie, NY was charged with DWI & BAC .08% or more both misdemeanors in the City of Poughkeepsie.

  • Hezza Santiago (31 yoa) of Stormville, NY was charged with DWI a misdemeanor in the Town of East Fishkill.

  • Shikiera Vasquez (22 yoa) of Poughkeepsie was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Suspended Registration & Alteration of Inspection Certificate both misdemeanors in the Village of Wappingers Falls.

  • Bryant Rojas-Hill (21 yoa) of Hyde Park, NY was charged with Criminal Impersonation & Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 2nd both misdemeanors in the Town of Hyde Park.

  • Lenise Brewington (24 yoa) of Poughkeepsie, NY was charged with DWI & BAC .08% or more both misdemeanors in the Town of Poughkeepsie.

  • Corey Hughes (32 yoa) of Wappinger, NY was charged with DWI & BAC .08% or more both misdemeanors in the City of Poughkeepsie.

  • Brian Peebles (27 yoa) of Riverside Ca, was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Suspended Registration a misdemeanor in the Town of Poughkeepsie.

  • Betty Jo Miller (40 yoa) of Poughkeepsie, NY was charged with DWI & BAC .08% or more both misdemeanors in the City of Poughkeepsie.

  • John Johnson (39 yoa) of Mount Vernon, NY was charged with DWI & BAC .08% or more both misdemeanors in the Town of Hyde Park.

  • Matthew Milligan (53 yoa) of Poughkeepsie, NY was charged with DWI & BAC .08% or more both misdemeanors in the Town of Poughkeepsie.

  • Anthony Barone (23 yoa) of Hopewell Jct, NY was charged with DWI a misdemeanor in the City of Poughkeepsie.

  • Shani Mayorga (21 yoa) of Poughkeepsie, NY was charged with DWI & BAC .08% or more both misdemeanors in the City of Poughkeepsie.

  • Joshua Gateson (27 yoa) of Hyde Park, NY was charged with DWI a misdemeanor as well as several other traffic infractions after being involved in a one car personal injury auto crash in the Town of Hyde Park.

  • Derrell Grant (25 yoa) of Poughkeepsie, NY was charged with DWI, BAC .08% or more & Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 3rd all misdemeanors in the City of Poughkeepsie.

  • Jenna Marino (29 yoa) of Poughkeepsie, NY was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 2nd a misdemeanor in the City of Poughkeepsie.

  • Kevin McCabe (44 yoa) of LaGrange, NY was charged with DWI a misdemeanor in the City of Poughkeepsie.

  • Cesar Reyes-Santos (23 yoa) of Hartford CT, was charged with DWI & BAC .08% or more both misdemeanors in the Town of Stanford.

  • Natasha Harvey (45 yoa) of Poughkeepsie was charged with DWI a misdemeanor in the Town of Poughkeepsie.Drive Sober

Additionally, a 27 yoa male and 32 yoa male from Poughkeepsie, a 17 yoa male from Beacon and an 18 yoa male from Wappinger were all charged with Unlawful Possession of Marihuana a violation.

*All subjects arrested and charged are alleged to have committed the crime and are presumed innocent until proven guilty and are to appear in a local court at a later date.

 

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