Quick action by two Huntington Town Bay Constables resulted in the boating while intoxicated arrest of a Connecticut man who had been operating his 34-foot boat at an unsafe and imprudent speed and traveling on the wrong side of the channel.
At about 9:43 p.m. on Wednesday, August 8, Bay Constables Frederick Uvena and Ian Richard observed the vessel, a 34-foot SeaRay Sundancer , leaving Huntington Harbor in a manner that presented a possible collision situation because of the speed and the failure to travel on the correct side of the channel. Bay Constables Uvena and Richard stopped the boat and interviewed the operator, Mark Cavalieri, 51, of Stamford, CT. They noticed that Cavalieri had glassy and bloodshot eyes. His speech was slow and slurred, he was unsteady on his feet and his breath smelled of an alcoholic beverage. When asked for his vessel registration, Cavalieri could not understand simple commands.
Bay Constables Uvena and Richard brought the vessel to the north Town Dock, where the Suffolk County Police Department Marine Bureau assisted in securing the boat and administering a sobriety test, which Cavalieri failed. Cavalieri was taken to the Second Precinct stationhouse, where he was charged with Operating a Vessel While Intoxicated (a violation of New York State Navigation Law) and issued a summons for imprudent operation of a vessel, a violation of Huntington Town Code.
“This arrest underscores the vital role our Bay Constables play in keeping Huntington waters safe,” Huntington Supervisor Frank P. Petrone said. “I commend Bay Constables Uvena and Richard for taking action to eliminate a potentially dangerous situation.”
Cavalieri was held overnight for processing. The Bay Constables impounded the boat. The passengers on the boat, all Connecticut residents, were told to find alternate transportation home.