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DWI charge in fatal Brookhaven crash

A driver from Shirley who crossed the divider line on Montauk Highway, killing a Patchogue father of three on his way home from work Friday night, was arraigned at his hospital beside Tuesday and charged with driving while intoxicated.

Steven Tolar, 53, was arraigned at Brookhaven Mem-orial Hospital Medical Center on one charge of driving while intoxicated, prosecutor Robert Clifford said.

Police allege Tolar, driving a 2002 Lincoln Navigator, crossed a yellow divider line on Montauk Highway just east of Old South Country Road in Brookhaven and hit Scott Albrecht, 43, killing him.

Albrecht, who was married with a 5-year-old daughter and 7-year-old twin sons, worked with computer software for Stop & Shop Supermarkets. He had been driving his van home to Patchogue from work and died at the scene, Suffolk police said.

Tolar will be held on $250,000 bail.

The grand jury will review the evidence in the coming weeks to see if there should be more charges, said a spokesman from the prosecutor's office.

Tolar is due in court on Dec. 29.

State records show that during the past 22 years, Tolar has pleaded guilty to a variety of misdemeanors, including operating a motor vehicle without a license, attempted petty larceny, tampering with a witness and criminal possession of a controlled substance, along with a felony charge of attempted criminal possession of a weapon.

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