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Adrian H. Anderson, Sheriff

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December 3, 2014        Print version


Thanksgiving Crackdown period results in 26 arrests in Dutchess County

During the Thanksgiving Crackdown period of November 26, 2014 thru November 30, 2014, members of the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Police, Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department, Town of Hyde Park Police Department, Town of East Fishkill Police Department, City of Poughkeepsie Police Department, City of Beacon Police Department, Village of Millerton Police Department and Village of Red Hook Police Department conducted Impaired Driving details consisting of Saturation Patrols as well as Sobriety Checkpoints.

The arrests included 26 impaired driving arrests as well as 8 other arrests. Saturation Patrols were deployed by all participating agencies during this five day period and on Saturday November 29, 2014, members of the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office and the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department conducted a joint-agency Sobriety Checkpoint on Haight Avenue (Rte 44/55) in the Town of Poughkeepsie.

These details were funded by the Governors Traffic Safety Board and the NYS STOP-DWI Foundation which once again awarded the Dutchess County STOP-DWI Program a “Crackdown Enforcement Grant” for the 2014-2015 Crackdown periods.

The objective of this continued 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.

A total of 291 vehicles passed thru the checkpoint with 1 person arrested for impaired driving and after the checkpoint patrols were deployed on saturation details. Below is a listing of arrestees and charges from both the checkpoint and saturation patrols.

  • Michael Romanoski (64 yoa) of Warren, CT was charged with DWI & Aggravated DWI both misdemeanors in the Village of Pawling after being involved in a property damage auto crash.

  • Phillip Luellen (24 yoa) of Poughkeepsie, NY was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 3rd a misdemeanor in the City of Poughkeepsie.

  • Kimberly Decker (49 yoa) of Poughkeepsie, NY was charged with DWI, BAC .08% or more, Criminal Impersonation 2nd, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 3rd all misdemeanors in the Town of Poughkeepsie.

  • Dominick Vassallo (43 yoa) of Wappingers Falls, NY was charged with DWI & Aggravated DWI both misdemeanors in the Town of Wappinger.

  • Janet Bermeo (28 yoa) of Wappingers Falls, NY was charged with DWI & BAC .08 % or more both misdemeanors in the Town of Poughkeepsie.

  • Thomas Kennedy (24 yoa) of West Cornwall, CT was charged with DWI & BAC .08% or more both misdemeanors in the Village of Millerton.

  • Jaime Espinoza (27 yoa) of Peekskill, NY was charged with DWI & Aggravated DWI both misdemeanors in the Town of East Fishkill.

  • Jeremy Roebke (35 yoa) of Wappingers Falls, NY was charged with DWI & Aggravated DWI both misdemeanors in the City of Poughkeepsie.

  • Linda Bean (49 yoa) of Ambler, PA was charged with DWI & BAC .08% or more both misdemeanors in the Village of Red Hook.

  • Quinn Ocallaghan (23 yoa) of Union City, NJ was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle a misdemeanor in the Village of Red Hook.

  • John Norman (49 yoa) of Beacon, NY was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 5th, DWI & Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 1st all felonies in the City of Beacon.

  • John Martin (55 yoa) of Cold Spring, NY was charged with DWI a misdemeanor in the City of Beacon.

  • Shontai Walden (25 yoa) of Poughkeepsie, NY was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 2nd both misdemeanors as well as Unlawful Possession of marihuana a violation in the Town of Hyde Park.

  • James Patterson (26 yoa) of Poughkeepsie, NY was charged with DWI a misdemeanor in the Town of Poughkeepsie.

  • Angela Floryan (38 yoa) of Wappingers Falls, NY was charged with DWI a felony in the Town of Poughkeepsie. The charge was a felony since she had a prior DWI conviction within the prior ten years.

  • Christopher Dehnert (29 yoa) of Poughkeepsie, NY was charged with DWI & BAC .08% or more both misdemeanors in the Town of Poughkeepsie.

  • David Pagano (23 yoa) of Poughkeepsie, NY was charged with DWI & BAC .08% or more both misdemeanors in the Town of Poughkeepsie.

  • Lucille Smith (51 yoa) of Pleasant Valley, NY was charged with DWI & Aggravated DWI both felonies in the Town of Poughkeepsie. The charges were felonies since she had a prior DWI conviction within the prior ten years.

  • Kimberly Caven (28 yoa) of Beacon, NY was charged with DWI a misdemeanor.

  • Thomas Modica (52 yoa) of Poughkeepsie, NY was charged with DWI & BAC .08% or more both misdemeanors.

  • Kenneth Derosa (61 yoa) of Fishkill, NY was charged with DWAI a violation.

  • Andres Justiniano (23 yoa) of Tivoli, NY was charged with DWI & BAC .08% or more both misdemeanors.

Additionally, a 19 yoa male, two 20 yoa males and a 21 yoa were 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 local courts at a later date.

 

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