Cops: Riverside man convicted of DWI drove without interlock

09/23/2011 8:51 AM |

A Riverside man was arrested after he was caught driving without an ignition interlock breath test device — a violation of his conditional license following a prior DWI conviction — and then tried to drive away from police during the stop, authorities said.

John Finn, 48, was pulled over while driving his 2000 Chrysler south on Peconic Avenue in Riverside Thursday about 5:30 p.m., Southampton Town Police said. Mr. Finn, who was convicted of DWI following an arrest in riverside in 2009, is required to have the device in any car he drives.

Mr. Finn was charged with operating a motor vehicle without an interlock device and obstruction of governmental administration

Under a provision of Leandra’s Law, anyone convicted of misdemeanor or felony DWI must install an ignition interlock breathalizer device that will prevent the car from starting if a certain level of alcohol is detected on the driver’s breath.

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