File photo: Peter Blasl

An allegedly drunk driver on the grounds of the Riverhead Correctional Facility was arrested last night for driving while intoxicated and possession of a “ghost gun,” the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office said this morning.

Daniel Apolinario
Photo: Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office handout

Daniel Apolinario, 24, of Bay Shore, entered the Riverhead Correctional Facility parking lot by way of the employee entrance at approximately 10:44 p.m. Friday, the sheriff’s office said in a press release. He then turned around and attempted to exit the jail grounds the wrong way through the visiting entrance, according to the release. The deputy sheriff on duty at the security booth there stopped the vehicle and interviewed Apolinario, who appeared to be intoxicated, according to the report.

Additional deputies responded and conducted a field sobriety test on Apolinario, who was found to be intoxicated.

During a search incidental to the arrest, a loaded handgun with no serial number, commonly referred to as a “ghost gun,” was discovered beneath the driver’s seat of the vehicle, the sheriff’s office said.

Apolinario refused to give a statement about the firearm and refused to consent to a breath test, according to the release. The vehicle was impounded and the firearm was collected as evidence and sent to the crime lab for analysis.

Apolinario, who was convicted of DWI in 2017, was charged with felony Driving While Intoxicated due to the prior conviction within 10 years, with Criminal Possession of a Firearm, Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Fourth Degree, Promoting Prison Contraband in the First Degree, Promoting Prison Contraband in the Second Degree, and multiple traffic infractions, according to the report.

“Getting this untraceable “ghost gun” off the street will undoubtedly save a life in the future,” said Suffolk County Sheriff Errol Toulon, Jr. in the release.

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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