Police: Smithtown Man Caught Driving With 64 License Suspensions
WHEATLEY HEIGHTS, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Is this going to be number 65?
Stefan Giokas of Smithtown was arrested around 10:45 p.m. Thursday while driving on Clearview Drive in Wheatley Heights.
The 30-year-old has had his license revoked 64 times, police said. How is it possible he’s still on the road you might be wondering? That’s the question CBS 2′s Rachel Stockman put to traffic ticket attorney Matthew Weiss.
“The reason he got away with this is a bit of luck — the right cops, no running his record, didn’t have DMV computers, so they couldn’t run his record, a combination of things,” Weiss said.
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Every time you get a ticket and you don’t pay your license get suspended, and you are not supposed to open the door and get behind the wheel. The only problem, as Stockman found out, is that the Department of Motor Vehicles is not required to notify local law enforcement.
“They have to get caught. Until they get caught there is no criminal action that has been committed. The mere fact you got a ticket and didn’t answer your suspension is not enough,” Weiss said.
CBS 2′s Stockman brought this apparent loophole to the attention of state lawmakers. When asked what can be done to fix the system, Democratic Assemblyman Dan Quart said, “A number of things. We can do things legislatively, and I am going to be putting forth legislation that mandates the DMVs across New York have information, so they know if they stop someone whether they have past suspensions or DUIs.”
Giokas was charged with unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, driving while ability impaired by drugs and possession of a controlled substance. Authorities said Giokas was high on Adderall and that he did not have a prescription for the drug.
He was arraigned Friday, with bond set at $30,000.
The prosecutor said Giokas was under probation from a previous suspension, a probation which lasts through 2015, and did not have permission to drive the car he was operating when arrested Thursday night.
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