Sheriff Kevin J. McConville reports the arrest of a Granite Springs, NY, man for driving a vehicle while impaired by drugs.
On October 13, 2023, at approximately 5:30 pm, a Sheriff's Office Investigator was driving eastbound on Route 311 near the I84 overpass in the Town of Kent when a westbound vehicle passed another vehicle and nearly struck the Investigator.
The Investigator initiated a traffic stop and, upon approaching the vehicle, immediately noticed the smell of burnt marihuana. The Investigator, an NYS-certified drug recognition expert, conducted a series of field sobriety tests, determined that the operator was impaired, and placed the subject, 44-year-old Carmine Caruso, under arrest for misdemeanor Operating a Motor Vehicle Impaired by Drugs.
His vehicle was towed and brought to the Putnam County Correctional Facility, where he was processed and given an appearance ticket returnable in the Town of Kent Court. He was also issued tickets for Refusal to Take a Breath Test, Improper Passing, and Moving from Lane Unsafely.