A Stamford man was arrested and charged with boating while intoxicated after two Huntington bay constables stopped him on the water Wednesday night.
Bay Constables Frederick Uvena and Ian Richard reported seeing the boat, a 34-foot SeaRay Sundancer, traveling in the wrong channel at a high rate of speed as it was leaving Huntington Harbor. They stopped Mark Cavalieri, 51, and said that he had glassy and bloodshot eyes, his speech was slow and slurred, he was unsteady on his feet and his breath smelled of alcohol.
The constables took the vessel to the north Town Dock, where the Suffolk County Police Department Marine Bureau assisted in securing the boat and administered a sobriety test, which Cavalieri failed. He was taken to the Second Precinct stationhouse, where he was charged with operating a vessel while intoxicated, a violation of 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 alternative transportation home.
The arrest came just a day after a forum was held at Town Hall to discuss , in the wake of the Oyster Bay boat sinking that killed three children on July 4.
And on Sunday, Uvena was involved in the who had gone into diabetic shock.