Motorists Face Misdemeanor Charges

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports the recent arrests of motorists on misdemeanor vehicle and traffic charges.

On April 11, 2015 at 8:24 p.m., Deputy Sheriff Matthew Monroe stopped a motorist who had committed a traffic violation on Route 311 in the Town of Kent. The deputy determined that the driver, identified as Cesar Riera, 33, of 322 Sheldon Road, Wingdale, New York held a suspended vehicle registration. The deputy arrested Mr. Riera and charged him with Operating a Motor Vehicle While Registration is Suspended, a misdemeanor. The defendant was processed at the scene and released in his own recognizance pending an April 30, 2015 appearance in the Town of Kent Justice Court to answer the charge.

On April 15, 2015 at 11:09 a.m., Deputy Monroe stopped a motorist who had committed a traffic violation on Route 301 in the Town of Philipstown. The deputy determined that the driver, identified as Michael A. Cola, 37, of 32 West Avenue, Putnam Valley held a suspended vehicle registration. The deputy arrested Mr. Cola and charged him with Operating a Motor Vehicle While Registration is Suspended, a misdemeanor. The defendant was arraigned before Town of Philipstown Justice Alan Steiner and released in his own recognizance pending a May 13, 2015 appearance in the Town of Philipstown Justice Court to answer the charge.

If found guilty of the misdemeanor charges, each defendant could face up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.00.