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Mar 20, 2017 12:30 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

St. Patrick's Day Sobriety Checkpoint On Sunrise Highway Yields Two Arrests

Mar 21, 2017 11:07 AM

Police officers screening eastbound drivers at a sobriety checkpoint on Sunrise Highway in Hampton Bays made two arrests between late Friday night and early Saturday morning.

Richard Obler, 31, of Sag Harbor was arrested at 11:58 p.m. on Friday, which was St. Patrick’s Day, and charged with one count each of driving while his ability was impaired by drugs, a misdemeanor, and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation, according to State Police.

Janet Balis-Allen, 44, of New York was arrested at 1 a.m. on Saturday and charged with misdemeanor DWI, authorities said.

Both Mr. Obler and Ms. Balis-Allen were transported to the State Police barracks in Riverside for processing.

State Police, working in conjunction with the Suffolk County sheriff’s office and Southampton Town Police, screened 460 vehicles at the checkpoint, set up near the Exit 65 rest area, between 10:30 p.m. on Friday and 2:30 a.m. on Saturday.

“The New York State Police will continue to combat impaired driving by teaming up with our local law enforcement partners,” State Police Major David Candelaria said in a prepared statement. “This multi-agency checkpoint is only the start of many more to come.”

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