Patch reported recently that Northport Police Department arrested two drunken drivers last week in incidents that should make the Suffolk County hamlet safer for area motorists after a spate of recent accidents.
The first incident happened between 8:25 p.m. and 8:35 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) along Fort Salonga Road in Northport. A Huntington Station man, 29 years of age, was driving a 2013 Dodge westbound on Fort Salonga Road when an officer spotted him allegedly swerving. Cops said he allegedly had breath that smelled of alcohol, slurred speech, and glassy and bloodshot eyes. He was allegedly unsteady on his feet and performed poorly on field sobriety tests, but refused to take a breathalyzer.
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The man was charged with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation: refused chemical test, second-degree unlawful possession of marijuana, driver’s view obstructed, unsafe lane change, operating an unregistered motor vehicle on the highway, and driving while intoxicated.
The second incident happened between 10:55 p.m. and 11:05 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) along Reservoir Avenue in Northport. A Northport man, 48 years of age, was driving a 2016 Subaru northbound on Reservoir Avenue when he was allegedly spotted using a cell phone while driving. He also performed poorly on field sobriety tests and exhibited many symptoms of intoxication. He was charged with DWI, using a mobile phone while driving, and refusal to take a pre-screen breathalyzer test.