New York State police charged five drivers with DWI last week.

Troopers Charge Five With DWI

New York State Police arrested five local people on charges of driving while intoxicated between July 9 and 15.

Max Benitez, 27, of Manorville, was arrested on July 9 in Manorville and charged with felony driving while intoxicated and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance Police said Benitez was stopped for speeding on Eastport Manor Road just before 11 PM and, upon further investigation, was found to be intoxicated and in possession of THC oil.

Edgar Anaya-Escalante, 23, of Riverhead, was arrested in Riverhead on July 10 and was charged with driving while intoxicated and was issued traffic tickets. Police said he was stopped for speeding eastbound on the Long Island Expressway, just east of Exit 71 in Riverhead at about 9 PM.

Michael Zagal, 24, of Hampton Bays, was arrested on July 12 in Hampton Bays and was charged with driving while intoxicated and was issued traffic tickets. Police said he was stopped for failing to dim his headlights while driving and for failing to stay in his lane on Fanning Avenue and Canoe Place Road.

Michael Basel, 54, of Southold, was arrested on July 14 in Southold and was charged with driving while intoxicated and was issued traffic tickets. Police said he was stopped just before 10:30 PM for failing to stop at a stop sign and using a turn signal while driving eastbound on State Route 25.

Daniel O’Brien, 37, of Westhampton, was arrested on July 15 in Westhampton Beach and was charged with driving while intoxicated and was issued traffic tickets. Police said he was stopped for speeding on Dune Road near Beach Lane at about 9:15 PM.

All except Benitez were issued appearance tickets returnable to local courts at later dates. Benitez was held overnight for arraignment in Suffolk County First District Court in Central Islip.

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