Amityville man faces felonies in 3rd DWI arrest, police say

Roberto Cruz, 36, of Amityville, was arrested in Roberto Cruz, 36, of Amityville, was arrested in Hempstead on Friday, May 23, 2014, and charged with three felony counts of DWI, among other charges, Nassau police said. Photo Credit: NCPD

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An Amityville man driving with a revoked license and without a court-ordered ignition interlock device faces new charges of driving while under the influence of alcohol -- his third such DWI arrest, Nassau police said.

Roberto Cruz, 36, of Rod Place, was driving a white 2013 Toyota Rav4 on Fulton Avenue in Hempstead shortly after 4 a.m. Friday when he failed to signal before making a right turn on Clinton Street, police said.

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Cruz was then observed by a Nassau highway patrol officer blocking a lane of traffic by stopping at a green light, authorities said.

The officer pulled over the Rav4 as it headed south on Clinton Street and found Cruz to be intoxicated.

After processing Cruz, police found that his license had been revoked for two previous alcohol-related convictions. The vehicle, police said, also was not equipped with an ignition interlock device as ordered by a judge in a previous case.

Cruz is charged with three felony counts of DWI, two felony counts of aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, two misdemeanor counts of aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle and one count of operation without an interlock. He also received violations for driving without a license, having an uninspected and unregistered vehicle, and for a failure to signal.

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At his arraignment Saturday, Cruz was ordered held on $12,000 cash or bond, which had not been posted by the evening, online records show. He is due back in court Wednesday.

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