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Riverhead Police arrested one person on a Driving While Intoxicated charge during a Thanksgiving Eve Stop DWI enforcement effort last night and issued 19 summonses for other violations of the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law.

Police conducted three sobriety checkpoints in the Town of Riverhead interviewing, in total, 800 motorists, according to a Riverhead Police Department press release this morning.

Checkpoints were conducted on Sound Avenue near West Lane in Aquebogue, on Roanoke Avenue near First Street in Riverhead, and on East Main Street, a quarter-mile west of Elton Street, police said.

Thomas D’Auria, 43, of Manorville, was arrested at the Roanoke Avenue checkpoint on a charge of Driving While Intoxicated and held for morning arraignment, police said.

In addition to the arrest, police issued summonses for unlicensed operation, aggravated unlicensed operation, uninspected vehicle, and uninsured vehicle, according to the report.

The Riverhead Town Police Department will continue its Stop-DWI enforcement efforts throughout the holiday season, police said.

Riverhead Police ask anyone with information on any suspicious or criminal activity to call the department’s crime hotline at 631-727-3333. All calls will be kept confidential, police said.

Editor’s note: A criminal charge is an accusation. A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

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