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Southold officer among the top DWI-catching cops


Southold Town police officer Garrett Lake has been named the department’s top DWI-catching cop.

Mr. Lake, along with 22 other officers and sheriffs across Suffolk County, were honored Tuesday at Suffolk County Community College for making the most drunken driving arrests in their departments.

This is the first time Mr. Lake has received the honor.

“It is extremely important to us that motorists who are driving while intoxicated are stopped,” Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said.  “DWI tragedies don’t just affect those involved, they impact the families of victims as well.  Suffolk County will not tolerate drunk driving on our roadways.  We are committed to arresting anyone who chooses to drink and then get behind the wheel of a car, endangering the lives of others.

Police in Suffolk County made more than 15,000 DWI arrests in the past 3 years, officials said.

Other local cops honored Tuesday include five-time winner Riverhead Town police officer Timothy Murphy, Shelter Island officer Christopher Drake, who was also honored last year, and Southampton Town officer Keith Phillips.

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Photo: From left, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, Southold Town police officer Garrett Lake and police chief Martin Flatley. (Credit: Courtesy)