DWI Checkpoint in Port Chester Leads to 8 Arrests

Port Chester Police team up with Westchester County Police for sobriety check near Connecticut border.

A joint effort by Port Chester Police and Westchester County Police targeting drunken drivers led to eight arrests at an overnight DWI checkpoint near the Connecticut border during the weekend.

Police said the checkpoint was set up at 11 p.m. on Saturday and ran until 4 a.m. Sunday. Port Chester village officers arrested three Connecticut residents and one Pennsylvania man on DWI charges, and Westchester County officers also made four arrests.

The checkpoint was set up on Hillside Avenue, where village and county officers stopped motorists to determine whether they had been drinking.

Charged by Port Chester Police with driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor, are:

- John Darcangelo, 31, of 39 Fitch Ave., Darien, CT.

- Percey Guerra Apaza, 42, of 180 N. Water St., Byram, CT.

- Andy Rivera, 28, 31 Spring Hill Ave., Norwalk, CT.

Information on the arrests made by county police was not yet available.

During the checkpoint stops, Port Chester police arrested James Melis, 40, and charged him with misdemeanor DWI. His charge was then dropped to Driving While Ability Impaired, a violation, for which he paid a fine. 

Tony November 13, 2012 at 09:53 PM
Wow where was the check point, Hidden behind Kohls Shopping center where all the Police hide and sleep instead of working..Good Job P.C. Police., Good Job
Randy Scott November 13, 2012 at 10:17 PM
Thank you Port Chester PD and Westchester County PD! The life you saved was mine! On another note, my son and his girlfriend went through the checkpoint and told me about it. The discussion at home was very positive about DUI checkpoints. As someone who was a 911 EMT both in New York City and Westchester County, I appreciate the proactive approach. Who knows how much longer it would have been before those drivers killed themselves or someone else! Well done!
Cadeyrn November 13, 2012 at 11:40 PM
Cars aren't toys. They're a ton of weight moving at a good clip. Out of control cars? Lethal weapons. I'm glad the issue is brought up.
Sean A. McNerney November 14, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Nice work PCPD! We could use these more often in this neck of the town. 8 arrests in one night seems like a pretty good number to me!
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