Police stopped cars entering Smith Point County Park from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Sept. 1. A total of 571 vehicles passed through the sobriety checkpoint on William Floyd Parkway and six people were arrested.
The sobriety checkpoint operation was conducted by officers from the Suffolk County Highway Patrol and Suffolk County Parks Police. Authorities said they conducted the initiative “for the prevention of injuries or fatalities associated with driving while intoxicated.” The checkpoint was one of many set up across Long Island for the Labor Day weekend.
Five of the individuals arrested were charged with driving while intoxicated. They are: David Luce, 28, of Holbrook; Margaret Long, 56, of Patchogue; Renata Sobocinska, 40, of Middle Island; Erin Collins, 41, of Shirley; and Jacquelyn Deresky, 22, of Shirley. Police also charged Omar Ellis, 38, of Mastic, with driving while ability impaired by alcohol.
Cops said they also seized two vehicles – which reportedly belonged to some of the suspects –during the overnight initiative.
All six defendants were to be arraigned Monday at First District Court in Central Islip.