New York: Suffolk County Police report on DWI fatal crashes, arrests for Labor Day holiday; Joseph Keleher faces DWI manslaughter charges

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Suffolk County Police NY

Suffolk County Police


Driver Arrested for DWI after Passenger is Killed in One-Vehicle Crash

Location: Rider Avenue and Edwards Street, Patchogue
Date/Time: Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 12:01 a.m.
Suffolk County Police arrested a Ronkonkoma man for driving while intoxicated after he was involved in a motor vehicle crash that killed his passenger in Patchogue early this morning.

Joseph Keleher, 24, was driving a 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo eastbound on Baker Street when he lost control of the vehicle as it crossed over Rider Avenue, hit a curb, went up on a grass embankment, overturned and came to a stop on Edwards Street.

The passenger, Kevin Smith, 25, of Oakdale, was ejected from the vehicle. He was transported via Patchogue Fire Department Ambulance Company to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in Patchogue where he was pronounced dead.

Suffolk County Vehicular Crime Unit detectives arrested and charged Keleher with Driving While Intoxicated. He is being held at the Fifth Precinct and will be arraigned today at First District Court in Central Islip.

The vehicle was impounded for a safety check and the investigation is continuing. Anyone with information about this crash is asked to call the Vehicular Crime Unit at 631-852-6555.

Incident: Wrong-Way Driver Crashes and is Arrested for DWI
Location: Eastbound Long Island Expressway in Dix Hills
Date/Time: Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 5:04 a.m.

Suffolk County Police Highway Patrol officers arrested a man after he lost control of his vehicle and crashed while driving the wrong way on the Long Island Expressway early this morning.

James T. Reynolds, II was initially travelling eastbound on the LIE in a 2004 Honda Civic when Highway Patrol Sgt. Vincent Urwand and Officer Thomas Mutarelli saw him enter the rest area located between Exits 51 and 52 and make a u-turn. He then exited the rest area and drove westbound on the eastbound side of the LIE. Reynolds lost control of his vehicle and crashed into the trees on the right shoulder of the road. Reynolds was not injured in the crash and he was arrested and charged with Driving While Intoxicated and Driving in the Wrong Direction.

Reynolds, 27, of 42 The Boulevard, Amityville, is being held at the Second Precinct and is scheduled to be arraigned today at First District Court in Central Islip.

 Woman Arrested for DWI with 2-Year-Old Child in Vehicle

Julieann Klopfer DWI with kid in car Suffolk County Police New York 090114

Location:        Eastbound Sunrise Highway Exit 58 South Ramp

Date/Time:     Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 12:40 a.m.

Suffolk County Police have arrested a Mastic Beach woman for driving while intoxicated with a 2-year-old boy in her car early this morning.

Seventh Precinct officers were conducting a checkpoint on the ramp of eastbound Sunrise Highway at exit 58 south in Shirley when Julieann Klopfer was stopped at the checkpoint and evaluated. Klopfer was found to be intoxicated and her fiancé’s son was in the backseat of her vehicle, a 1998 Mercedes.

Klopfer, 33, of 79 Cypress Dr., was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Driving While Intoxicated with a Child Passenger 15 Years Old or Younger (Leandra’s Law) and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Klopfer will be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip today.

Seven other drivers were issued traffic summonses at the checkpoint.

Incident: Six People Arrested at Sobriety Checkpoint
Location: Route 25A, Port Jefferson Station
Date/Time: Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 7:40 p.m. to Monday, Se
Suffolk County Police, assisted by the New York State Police and the Metropolitan Transit Authority, arrested 6 people during an overnight Sobriety Checkpoint in the Port Jefferson Station area.


Police officers from the Suffolk County Highway Patrol Bureau, along with New York State Troopers and officers from the Metropolitan Transit Authority, conducted a Sobriety Checkpoint on Rt. 25A in Port Jefferson Station.  The operation was conducted for the prevention of injuries and fatalities associated with driving while intoxicated, particularly during the Labor Day Weekend. A total of 1,467 vehicles went through the checkpoint.


The following people were charged with Driving While Intoxicated:

  • Amy Klem, 29, of 194 Riverside Avenue, Mastic Beach
  • Jose Rauda, 29, of 191 Mark Tree Road., Centereach
  •  Dorothy Neilsen, 49, of 41 Washington Street, Setauket
  •  Joseph Laterra, 19, of 6 Powderhorn Lane, Selden
  •  Kirk Judson, 55, of 65 Joline Road, Port Jefferson Station

The following person was charged with Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs

  • Craig Miller, 31, of 4607 Town House Drive, Coram


Neilsen will be arraigned on September 10, 2014 at First District Court in Central Islip. The rest of the above individuals are scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court this morning.