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Suffolk Man Attempting To Visit Inmate Charged With Driving Without Interlock Device

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A Long Island man accidentally found himself in police custody while attempting to visit an inmate at the Suffolk County Correctional Facility in Riverhead.

Westhampton Beach resident Matthew Eckart, 37, sought to visit an inmate shortly after 6:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at the prison.

According to the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office, upon arrival at the facility, a computer check of DMV records determined that Eckart’s driver’s license was restricted, and he was required to drive with an Ignition Interlock Device due to a previous DWI conviction.

However, Eckart’s vehicle was not equipped with such a device.

Eckart was arrested and charged with circumventing a court-ordered interlock device. He was transported to the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Headquarters to be processed on the charge. No return court date has been scheduled.

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