Police: 25 arrested at sobriety checkpoints

Suffolk County police set up a sobriety checkpoint Suffolk County police set up a sobriety checkpoint on Route 112 in Port Jefferson. (Aug. 31,2013) Photo Credit: Christopher Sabella

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Twenty-five people were arrested at sobriety checkpoints Friday night across Long Island as Nassau and Suffolk counties stepped up police patrols for Labor Day weekend.

Suffolk police announced 11 arrests during an overnight checkpoint set up on Route 25A in Port Jefferson Station. Police said 976 vehicles went through the checkpoint from 11 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday.

Police said the following people were charged with driving while intoxicated: Robert Male, 33, of 86 Middle Island Ave., Medford; Stephen Walsh, 50, of 74 Oneida Ave., South Setauket; Jessie Kemp, 26, of 1015 Avalon Pines Dr., Coram; Alexandria Heller, 21, of 150 Hawthorne St., Mastic; Nicholas Azzara, 18, of 18 Soundview Dr., Shoreham; George Torres, 78, of 1050 Hillsboro Mile, Hillsboro Beach, Fla.; Sabrina Brown, 35, of 165 Poospatuck Lane, Mastic; Christina Harris, 29, of 9 Duck Hill Rd., Coram; John Farrell, 23, of 29 Commodore Circle, Port Jefferson.

In addition, Joseph Jackson, 24, of 195 Claywood Dr., Brentwood, was charged with driving while ability impaired by alcohol; and Harry Themann, 55, of 12 Wrana St., Medford, was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs.

Three others were arrested at a different sobriety checkpoint at Jericho Turnpike and Elwood Road in East Northport conducted from 1 a.m. to 3 a.m. Saturday. A total of 187 vehicles went through that checkpoint, police said.

The following people were charged with driving while intoxicated: Daniel Zakarin, 26, of 5 Lauren Ave., Dix Hills; Jonathan Doman, 23, of 21 Chatham Place, Dix Hills; Shawn Gastaldo, 33, of 33 Henearly Dr., Miller Place.

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All were expected to be arraigned in First District Court in Central Islip on Aug. 31.

Nassau police made 11 DWI arrests between 7 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday, a police spokeswoman said. The names of those charged and the locations of the arrests were not made available.

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