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Man with 64 license suspensions arrested

Stefan Giokas, 30, was arrested and charged with

Stefan Giokas, 30, was arrested and charged with first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, driving while ability-impaired by drugs and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Police said he has had his license suspended 64 times. Credit: SCPD

A Smithtown man whose license has been suspended 64 times has been arrested in Wheatley Heights and charged with driving while ability-impaired by drugs, police said.

Stefan Giokas, 30, of 37 River Heights Dr., was charged with first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, driving while ability-impaired by drugs and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

He was scheduled to be arraigned Friday in First District Court in Central Islip, but the disposition of the proceeding was unclear. Suffolk jail records show he was being held on $15,000 cash bail or $30,000 bond.

His attorney could not be reached for comment.

It was not immediately clear why Giokas had previously had his license suspended 64 times -- or what led Suffolk County First Precinct Patrol Officers Paul Viteritti and David Fuentes to stop him on Clearview Drive about 10:45 p.m. Thursday.

A state Department of Motor Vehicles official said Giokas does not have a valid license and that every vehicle and traffic law violation or crime he is charged with can result in another suspension.

"When he is picked up by police for any driving violations, he is charged as if he had a license -- thus he continues to get suspensions," said DMV spokeswoman Jackie McGinnis. "The DMV records those violations and suspensions on his record."

According to Suffolk police records, Giokas has been arrested several times on charges including drug possession.

In recent years he has also been charged with reckless driving, reckless endangerment, speeding, operating a motor vehicle without an inspection sticker and leaving the scene of an accident, records show.

He is scheduled to appear in court on Monday on one of the previously filed charges.

With John Valenti

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