Suffolk County’s top enforcers against drunken drivers were honored in Hauppauge Monday -- led by two county highway patrol officers, Jeffrey Pitkewicz and Kevin Wustenhoff, who tied with 108 arrests each.
Both county officers are part of the county highway patrol’s SAFE-T team, which concentrates on DWI enforcement.
In all, County Executive Steve Bellone awarded plaques to 21 officers. In addition to the two highway patrol officers, four from town departments, five from village police agencies, a county police officer from each of the county’s seven precincts, a deputy sheriff, a county park police officer and a state trooper were honored. Together, those officers made 632 DWI arrests over the past year.
Over the past three years, all Suffolk law enforcement agencies have made more than 15,000 DWI arrests.
Last year, 60 people were killed in Suffolk by drunken drivers, officials said.
Above: Suffolk County Executive Steve Ballone stands with Carl Schottenhamel, of the Southold Police Department, who was one of many officers who was honored with a Top Cop award for leading their agency or jurisdiction in the number of DWI arrests during a ceremony in Hauppauge Monday. Schottenhamel holds his daughter, Kaylie, who is 9 months old. (Feb. 27, 2012)