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July 4th DWI Checkpoint Results Of 2,000 Cars Unveiled By Dutchess Sheriff

Dutchess County Sheriff's car.
Dutchess County Sheriff's car. Photo Credit: Flickr

Local and county police in Dutchess County made nearly a dozen arrests during a special enforcement detail during the Fourth of July holiday.

As part of the STOP-DWI Independence Day week-long crackdown, police busted several motorists for driving while intoxicated as they attempt to stop motorists from drinking and driving in the area.

Members of the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Police, Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department, Town of Hyde Park Police Department, and Village of Millerton Police Department conducted impaired driving details consisting of emphasis patrols throughout the county as well as additional sobriety checkpoints.

According to the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, “the objective of this continued enforcement grant is to revitalize and enhance the visibility of the STOP-DWI program through coordinated multi-agency impaired driving enforcement details targeting identified statewide crackdown periods. They also include the assignment of certified Drug Recognition Experts to aid in the identification and apprehension of drivers impaired by drugs other than alcohol.”

On Saturday, July 7, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., local state and county police conducted a multi-agency sobriety checkpoint on the Salt Point Turnpike in Poughkeepsie, where they checked an estimated 2,000 motorists and made a drug arrest.

During the detail, a total of nine arrests were reported with six impaired driving arrests being made during the crackdown, though not all agencies have reported the full numbers.

Among those arrested include:

  • Poughkeepsie resident Michael Johnson, 28, was charged with DWI, operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content greater than .08 percent and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in Poughkeepsie;
  • Poughkeepsie resident Fabian Chin, 36, was charged with DWI and operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content greater than .08 percent in Poughkeepsie;
  • Wappingers Falls resident Daniel Santiago, 24, was charged with DWI and operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content greater than .08 percent in Fishkill;
  • Pine Plains resident Richard Hosier III, 26, was charged with DWI, unlawful possession of marijuana and operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content greater than .08 in Millerton after he was involved in a one-car crash;
  • Stanford resident Vincent Moody, Jr., 60 was charged with operating a motor vehicle without a court-ordered ignition interlock device in Stanford.
  • Poughkeepsie resident Robert Ramirez-Gutierrez, 42, was charged with DWI and operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content greater than .08 percent in Poughkeepsie.
  • Salt Point resident Monica Puliese, 22, was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of marijuana and possession of a prescription medication not in its original container in Poughkeepsie.
  • Hyde Park resident Michael Vandyk, 22, was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in Hyde Park.
  • Beacon resident Michael Birney, 26, was charged with driving while intoxicated in Becaon.

According to Dutchess County STOP-DWI Coordinator William Johnson “The Crackdown Grant project continues to support and enhance Law Enforcement’s efforts during holiday periods proven to be the most dangerous and deadly on our highways. We acknowledge and applaud the dedication of law enforcement to identify and apprehend those who choose to drive impaired”.

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