Area Police News: Nov. 25, 2009

Daniel W. Koprowski, 40, of Oneonta, was arrested last Monday for a failure to pay a bench warrant fine to the Town of Middletown Court. He was sent to the Delaware County jail for 90 days or until he paid the $583.89 fine.

Peter V. Pasqua, 29, of DeLancey, was arrested Monday and charged with a DWI after police say they observed the sport utility vehicle he was driving traveling 40 miles per hour in a 30-mph zone. Police say Pasqua exhibited glassy eyes, impaired speech and slow motor coordination, and that a smell of alcoholic beverage emanated from the vehicle. Pasqua was issued standard field sobriety tests, which he allegedly failed, and was subsequently arrested for DWI and transported to the Stamford police station, where his blood alcohol was found to be .09 percent. He was issued uniform traffic tickets returnable to the Town of Delhi Court on December 15.

Police charged Jefferson resident Thomas B. Vitale, 22, with a DWI and Hobart resident Abby L. Dropp, 19, with unlawful possession of alcohol by a person under 21 on Friday. Police say they observed Vitale on his hands and knees next to his vehicle in a parking lot around 1 a.m. Upon interviewing him, they say he had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath. Vitale allegedly told police he was giving Dropp a ride to her car, and that he had been drinking since 5 p.m. After standard field sobriety tests and a positive breath screen, Vitale was arrested for DWI. After a positive breath screen of .13 percent, Dropp was arrested also. Vitale was charged with DWI and first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation. Both were issued appearance tickets returnable to the Town of Harpersfield Court on December 14.

West Babylon resident Philip J. Bellise, 41, was arrested Saturday after police say they observed him operating an ATV on Davis Road in Stamford with a loaded firearm while hunting. Bellise was arrested for DEC violations and was arraigned in the Town of Stamford. He was also issued uniform traffic tickets for operating an ATV on a public road.

Andes resident Tom Munro, 45, was arrested Saturday and charged with a DWI following a personal injury automobile accident on Gladstone Hollow Road in the Town of Andes. According to police, Munro stated that he was returning home from Andes and lost control of his vehicle, which struck a telephone pole. Police say he had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage, impaired speech and glassy eyes, and that Munro said that he was drunk and that he had had a bottle of champagne. He allegedly failed standard field sobriety tests and was transported by ambulance to Delhi Hospital for a lower back injury, where he voluntarily submitted to a blood sample. As of Sunday, Munro remained at Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown; the case status is pending investigation.

Four young men were arrested by state police Sunday and charged with drug and alcohol possession. Police say they observed a vehicle parked in the roadway on Todd Mountain Road and that they subsequently approached the vehicle, where they encountered Steven F. Amundsen, 18, of Margaretville; David S. Hull, 16, of Fleischmanns; Daniel T. Maxim, 20, of Fleischmanns, and Tyler J. Smith, 16, of Fleischmanns. While standing by the car, police say they observed a can of beer on the floor between Maxim’s feet, a case of beer in the back seat, and a plastic bag containing marijuana on the floor behind the driver’s seat. All four men were issued appearance tickets for unlawful possession of alcohol by a person under the age of 21; Amundsen was issued an appearance ticket for unlawful possession of marijuana. All are returnable in Hardenburgh Court on Dec. 16.

Adam Friedman, 25, of Bovina, who was arrested by state police on February 14 and charged with DWI and unlawful possession of marijuana, had those charges dismissed in Meredith Town Court last week when his attorney moved to dismiss the charges based on the fact that there was a major discrepancy in state police documents that had been turned over to the defense prior to trial. Friedman was represented by attorney Michael A. Jacobs of the law firm of Jacobs and Jacobs, Esq. with offices in Margaretville and Stamford.