Justice Court

09/02/2010 12:00 AM |

In line with a new state law that took effect in August, people convicted of driving while intoxicated are beginning to see Southold Justice Court judges slap them with a requirement that they have a new interlock system installed on their vehicles.

The system can detect a driver with alcohol on his breath and block him from starting the vehicle.

In Southold Justice Court Friday, Judge Rudolph Bruer imposed the new requirement on two defendants when he handed down sentences on Friday.

* Sean Powers, 30, of East Marion and Ronald Munoz-Castellan, 25, of Flanders both pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated and were placed on probation for three years, had their licenses revoked for six months and were required to have interlock systems installed on their vehicles. Judge Bruer also fined each man $900.

* Thomas Clarry, 42, of Lindenhurst pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated, reduced from an original aggravated DWI charge, and was placed on probation for three years and ordered to enter a substance abuse rehabilitation program. Judge Rudolph Bruer revoked his license for six months and he was fined $1,050. He was not required to install the interlock system.

* John Dellacroce, 21, of Ronkonkoma pleaded guilty to a charge of boating while intoxicated. His license to operate a boat was suspended for 90 days and he was fined $600.

* Thomas Stevenson, 38, of Orient pleaded guilty to driving while ability impaired, reduced from a DWI charge. Judge Bruer suspended his license for 90 days and fined him $560.

* Judge Bruer issued a warrant for the arrest of Todd Gregory, 41, of Port Jefferson, who failed to appear in court to answer a charge of petit larceny.

* James Quintano, 45, of Holbrook was ordered to complete 28 hours of community service and granted an adjournment until Oct. 22 in contemplation of dismissing a charge of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

* Thomas Vivona Jr., 52, of Miller Place received adjournments for six months in contemplation of dismissing charges against him of DWAI and possession of marijuana. He paid a $610 fine on the DWAI charge.

The court dealt with 52 cases Friday.