Combating DWI

‘DWI is a serious problem in Putnam County, and something we don’t take lightly,’ says DA Levy

CARMEL, N.Y. – Putnam County District Attorney Adam Levy announced convictions and sentencing for
three area men for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI).

“DWI is a serious problem in Putnam County, and something we don’t take lightly,” Levy said. “If you drive
drunk in Putnam County, you will be caught and you will be prosecuted.”

Levy also reminded residents that Putnam has one of the leading Asset Forfeiture programs in New York
State. In appropriate cases, people convicted of felony DWI are subject to forfeiture proceedings.

“This not a money making venture. When someone has multiple DWIs, this is about taking away the
means of committing a crime,” Levy said.

David Concha, 22, of White Plains was sentenced to a year in jail and three years of probation on Jan.
29, following his conviction for felony Criminal Possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree,
and misdemeanor Driving While Intoxicated. He was arrested in April by Kent Police Officer Kevin
Radovich, who responded to a call of a male passed out in his car at the Sunoco Gas station on Route 52
and Luddingtonville Road. Concha failed field sobriety tests and was found to have a blood alcohol
content of .13%. Further investigation uncovered 27 baggies of cocaine in his vehicle and two open
bottles of Corona. The case was prosecuted by First Assistant District Attorney Lisa Ortolano. Concha
has no prior convictions

Esteban Martinez-Cruz, 35, of Southeast was sentenced Jan. 29 to six months in jail followed by five
years of probation for his conviction for felony DWI. He was subject to forfeiture proceedings and ordered
to install an ignition interlock on any future vehicles. Martinez-Cruz was stopped on Route 52 in Carmel
on Aug. 9, 2013 following a traffic violation. The deputy smelled alcohol on his breath, and when asked to
exit his vehicle, he stumbled out and ultimately failed field sobriety tests. An open can of beer was
recovered in his car. Martinez-Cruz is also the subject of an immigration hold, and is now subject to
deportation proceedings. He was convicted in 2008 for misdemeanor DWI. The case was prosecuted by
Assistant District Attorney Joseph Charbonneau.

Donald Gomes, 33, of Carmel was convicted Jan. 29 of felony Driving While Intoxicated. He is scheduled
to be sentenced on March 18. On Aug. 25, 2013, Putnam County Sheriff’s Deputy Thomas Lee observed
Gomes unconscious in the driver’s seat of his vehicle, which was parked with the motor running in the
parking lot of the Southeast Post Office at approximately 4 a.m. He was found to have glassy, watery
eyes and impaired speech, accompanied by the odor of alcohol on his breath. He admitted he had been
drinking, and had a blood alcohol content of .14%. Gomes has a prior conviction for DWI in 2008, and is
subject to forfeiture proceedings.

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