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Cops: East Northport Man Charged with DWI in Commack

Umberto Correia ignored trooper, drove drunk on Crooked Hill Road, police said.

An East Northport man was arrested Sunday in Commack and charged with driving while intoxicated, depite a state trooper advising him not to drive, police said.

Umberto Correia, 38, was spotted by a state trooper trying to get into a locked Jeep Liberty without keys in a parking lot south of the Long Island Expressway at 4:45 p.m., according to New york State police.

After speaking with the Correia, the trooper determined that he was intoxicated and advised him to call for a ride instead of driving, police said.

Approximately half an hour later, the trooper saw Correia driving the Jeep northbound on Crooked Hill Road, police said. Correia was pulled over for drifting out of his lane and exhibited poor coordination and slurred speeach, police said.

He failed a subsequent sobriety test, according to police.

Correia was charged with DWI and multiple traffic violations. He is scheduled to be arraigned at Suffolk County First District Court on Feb. 21.

Tyson February 13, 2012 at 08:16 PM
I think think guy was very lucky to get such a thoughtfull state trooper who gave him a chance. What a dum mistake. A $20 cab ride will now cost him $5000 in legal fees and fines as well as time off from driving. The State Trooper was being a nice guy.
CommackMom February 15, 2012 at 04:24 AM
THOUGHTFUL? NICE GUY? That state trooper was totally out of line letting that guy go. Did he REALLY think the guy would call a family member/cab to drive him home? As it turned out, he blew a .21 on the Breathalyzer just a mere 30 minutes after the first encounter with the trooper. He must've been pretty loaded when Smokey the Bear gave him the pass. Shame on the trooper! He let a drunk get behind the wheel. Fortunately tragedy was averted by the second traffic stop, but that was sheer luck. Nope. That wasn't a thoughtful trooper. He was a lazy trooper for not sticking around to make sure the guy didn't eventually get behind the wheel. He should have assisted him in getting a ride and waited at the scene until help arrived. Very poor judgement. I hope he was reprimanded by his superior. And Tyson, I believe a decent DWI defense will run $50,000 minimum.
prof mom February 15, 2012 at 12:10 PM
I agree CommackMom. The State Trooper was not being nice. He was being an enabler. This man could have killed someone. Not so nice.
Cathy February 21, 2012 at 11:06 AM
commack mom, it does not cost $50,000.00 for a dwi defense.
CommackMom February 21, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Cathy, care to elaborate? I personally know of two people who have recently been defended and paid between $50,000 and $80,000 for their defense and trial. Both were found not guilty of the charges. YMMV. Do you have any examples, or are you just spouting?

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