Officials: Dozens of Labor Day weekend DWI arrests
In Suffolk, from 4 p.m. Friday to 8 a.m. Monday morning, there were 56 DWI arrests and one boating while intoxicated arrest. Last year, for the entire weekend, 4 p.m. Friday to Tuesday at 8 a.m. there were 64 DWI and no BWI arrests, police said.
Nassau police said from Friday at 7 p.m. to Monday at 7 a.m., the department made 47 DWI arrests. Last year, from 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2, through 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 6, there were 54 DWI arrests. This holiday weekend, Nassau officials placed additional officers on patrol as part of an enforcement initiative to stop DWI. Additional officers will also be out Saturday, county officials said, as part of the same initiative.
In Suffolk, for the first time during a Labor Day weekend, police set up sobriety checkpoints on the water to stop drunken boaters.
Michael Albinski, 27, of East Northport, was arrested a little after 11 p.m. Sunday night during a routine patrol and charged with boating while intoxicated, authorities said. Two officers from the police department's marine bureau were making rounds in the area of Ocean Bay Park Ferry Terminal in Ocean Bay Park when they noticed that a boat, a 1976 Sea Ray, didn't have the required navigation lights. Officers stopped the boat and while interviewing Albinski, they said that he appeared to be intoxicated. He was taken to shore and arrested, police said. He was also charged with operating a vessel after sunset without navigation lights displayed.
By Monday evening, Nassau police had not made any BWI arrest.