Two Port Washington residents were among 25 people arrested as part of a sweep targeting convicted drunk drivers who attempted to violate ignition interlock requirements.
Louis Tobar, 43, and Heisten Salamea, 37, both from Port Washington were arrested during the two-week sweep conducted by the in conjunction with the Nassau County Department of Probation.
The sweep used surveillance on convicted drunk drivers to ensure their compliance with the law. Offenders required to have ignition interlock devices are not permitted to drive any vehicle without them, and must pay for the device.
"Ignition interlocks protect our roadways by requiring that convicted drunk drivers prove that they’re sober when they get behind the wheel," Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said. "When those protections are circumvented, however, every motorist and pedestrian is endangered. This sweep shows Nassau County law enforcement's commitment to ensuring compliance with this life-saving measure. I want to thank our fellow law enforcement agencies for their efforts in this sting."
Ignition interlock devices became mandatory for any drunk driver sentenced on or after Aug. 15, 2010. The device requires the driver to pass a breath test in order to start the vehicle, as well as "rolling retests" until the vehicle is stopped and turned off. If the device detects alcohol on the driver’s breath, the horn will honk, the lights will flash and the driver is instructed to stop the car.
In some cases the police may respond to investigate. In all cases, a notice of violation will be sent to probation, the DA’s Office and the court. In addition, the vehicle will enter "lockout" mode, preventing the car from starting if the driver does not report to the service provider.
According to Rice, the defendants were arrested after driving illegally to meet with their probation officers. Rice said that the DA’s Office will continue to work with the Department of Probation to conduct spot checks on convicted drunk drivers going forward.
The following defendants were charged with operating a motor vehicle without a court-ordered interlock and aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle:
- Louis Tobar, 43, of Port Washington
- Ivan Arias, 28, of East Meadow
- Heisten Salamea, 37, of Port Washington
- Jennifer Asse, 32, of Hempstead
- Mark Moscola, 38, of North Massapequa
- Edgar Barrientos, 29, of Elmont
- Luis Ayala, 29, of Uniondale
- Shannon Daniels, 27, of Hempstead
- Lashona Jackson, 32, of Hempstead
- Andres Santiago, 57, of Uniondale
- Yunior Cruz, 26, of Baldwin
- Joseph Caporicci, 44, of Locust Valley
- Kevin Fairley, 43, of Elmont
- Nicolas Corrow, 22, of Valley Stream
- Robert Wilson III, 46, of Hempstead
- George Payne, 44, of Levittown
- Anthony Piekunka, 39, of Uniondale
- Martin Earley, 22, of Hempstead
- Alan Jacoby, 33, of Wantagh
- Vladimir Jean, 31, of East Massapequa
- Lisa Wallace-Faath, 46, of Mineola
A judge can sentence each of the defendants to up to a year in jail if convicted, as well as re-sentence them on their underlying DWI case.
According to Rice, four more defendants -- Kervin Glemeau, 26, of Hempstead, Diana Marie Sinclair, 27, of Valley Stream, Michael Diehl, 34, of Bethpage, and Alexander Guy, 25, of Westbury -- were arrested and charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle
Daniels was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle as a felony because he has 18 license suspensions on 12 dates, Rice said. The charge is upgraded to a felony when a defendant has had 10 suspensions on 10 dates. He faces up to four years in prison if convicted.
These charges are merely accusations and all defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.