Suffolk County Police today arrested a North Babylon man for driving while intoxicated and without an interlock device.
Fifth Precinct Community Oriented Police Enforcement (COPE) Officer Jaime Bustamante, who was on DWI Patrols as part of an increased effort to combat drinking and driving during the holiday weekend, observed the driver of a 2004 Ford Mustang who failed to signal when he turned from Main Street to Holbrook Road in Patchogue. The driver continued speeding before the officer initiated a traffic stop on Holbrook Road at Waverly Avenue at 3:11 a.m.
Officer Bustamante determined that the driver of the Mustang, Gary Sabia, 24, of North Babylon, was intoxicated. Sabia was charged with Felony Driving While Intoxicated, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 1st Degree and Operating a Motor Vehicle without a Required Interlock Device. Sabia had a prior DWI conviction. He was scheduled for arraignment at First District Court in Central Islip on May 25.
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