Task Force checkpoints surprise drivers

Memorial Day Makes For Easy Pickings




In Riverhead on May 25, Riverhead Town, Suffolk County, and state troopers manned the checkpoints — the exact locations were not made public. At least four drivers were arrested in the course of the night.

Noe Ochoa-Morales, 30, of Riverhead, and Candace Calamusa, 41, of South Setauket, were both charged with driving while intoxicated and taken into custody. Tomasz Zalewski, 30, of Riverhead, was hit with a DWI charge and the additional charge of aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle as was Marvin Perez-Velasquez, 39, of Riverhead.

Riverhead Town Police had a soggy start to Saturday. At approximately 6:38 AM, officers, along with the U.S. Coast Guard, Suffolk County Police Marine Unit, and the Wading River Fire Department responded to reports of a capsized boat off of Wildwood State Park in the Long Island Sound.

Wading River Fire Department personnel were the first to reach the craft. Three boaters, all wearing life jackets, were in the water. Apparently, they had left the park at approximately 10 PM in a rowboat. Edwin Perez, Pedro Benetez, and Carlos Joya, all of Brentwood, told rescuers that sometime around 1 AM the boat capsized, police said. They could not make their way back to shore.

The three were taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center by Wading River Fire Department Ambulance with non-life threatening injuries.

rmurphy@indyeastend.com