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Long Island Motorist Who Drifted Between Lanes Charged With Aggravated DWI, Sheriff Says

A man on Long Island was arrested with a BAC nearly triple the legal limit during a stop on Sunrise Highway in Islip.
A man on Long Island was arrested with a BAC nearly triple the legal limit during a stop on Sunrise Highway in Islip. Photo Credit: Pixabay

A swerving Long Island driver was allegedly driving with a blood alcohol content nearly triple the legal limit when he was stopped on Sunrise Highway, the Sheriff’s Office announced.

Stony Brook resident Anthony Amato, 38, was stopped by a Suffolk County Sheriff’s deputy shortly before 6:15 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25 when he was spotted drifting between lanes on the highway in Islip.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, Amato was observed failing to maintain the lane he was driving in by drifting from the center lane into the right lane four times without using the proper signal.

When he was stopped, Amato allegedly demonstrated clues while performing standardized field sobriety tests that he was intoxicated.

Amato was taken into custody and transported to the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office in Riverhead, where a breathalyzer test found he had a blood alcohol content of .23 percent. 

Amato was arrested and charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated and cited for multiple vehicle and traffic violations.

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