CARMEL, N.Y.- District Attorney Adam Levy has announced that Luis E Tenempaguay, 30, of Queens pleaded guilty to one count of Driving While Intoxicated, a class E felony, before Judge James Reitz on April 29, 2014. He was previously convicted of DWI in November 2011, in Queens.
“Putnam County has zero tolerance for driving while intoxicated,” District Attorney Adam Levy said. “Let me make it clear: if you drive while impaired by alcohol or drugs in Putnam County, you will be caught, you will be prosecuted. It’s just not worth it.”
Tenempaquay was arrested September 28, 2013 in Southeast. A New York State Trooper observed him speed through a 45 mile per hour construction zone at 74 miles per hour, and then make an unsafe lane change. Upon being pulled over, the officer was able to smell alcohol on his breath, and noted Tenempaguay had slurred speech, and watery, bloodshot eyes. He failed a field sobriety test, and later was found to have a blood alcohol content of 0.09%.
Under the terms of New York State’s Asset Forfeiture laws, Tenempaguay forfeited the value of the vehicle he was driving that night, a 2004 Infinity. He is scheduled to be sentenced June 17, 2014. The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Joseph Charbonneau.