OCEAN BAY PARK, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – Suffolk County officials made a boating while intoxicated arrest Sunday night in the waters off Long Island.
Suffolk County Marine Bureau officers said they spotted the 1976 Sea Ray in the waters off Ocean Bay Park because the boat did not have the required navigation lights.
WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reports
Authorities said when they interviewed the driver Michael Albinski, they realized he was drunk.
The 27-year-old from East Northport was charged with boating while intoxicated.
The arrest came just days after county executive Steve Bellone announced that for the first time in the county’s history they have set up BWI checkpoints.
“It’s become clear that, unfortunately, as more and more people utilize our waterways, there are some individuals who believe if you’re on the water and operating a boat that that is different than operating a motor vehicle,” Bellone told WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall.
Bellone said the BWI patrols on the water will be in place through the end of the holiday.
“As we celebrate the end of summer, the Suffolk County Police Department will be out in force making sure that we’re doing everything we can to keep people safe,” Bellone told Hall.
Bellone said the number of boating while intoxicated arrests have increased in the last few years.
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