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Police: Pearl River Man Charged With Felony DWI After Leading Cops On Chase In New City

Speeds topped 80 mph on Route 304; two children were passengers in car.

A Pearl River man is being held in the county jail today on felony drunken driving and resisting arrest charges as a result of a high-speed chase on Route 304 in New City, according to Clarkstown police.

Frank Kapiti, 47, was charged with violating New York State's Leandra's Law because two passengers in his 2011 Toyota Avalon were under age 16.

Police said a Clarkstown police officer attempted to stop Kapiti at about 1 a.m. Sunday after spotting the Toyota traveling at a high rate of speed southbound on Route 304. Kapiti, police said, did not stop — instead, the car accelarated and went through two red lights and hit speeds topping 80 mph.

The car finally stopped on a Route 304 exit ramp.

Police said they ordered Kapiti out of his car, but refused and then struggled as town officers arrsted him. Police said Kapiti appeared intoxicated when he was arrested.

Inside the Toyota were 2 occupants both less than 16 years of age. 

Kapiti was taken to Clarkstown Police Headquarters in New City, where Kapiti failed field sobriety tests and a chemical breath test for alcohol. He was arraigned in Town Court in New City and ordered held in the Rockland County Correctional Facility in New City on $2,500 bail pending a July 30 hearing.

Kapiti was charged with:

- Aggravated DWI with child passenger less than 16 (2 counts), a felony

- Reckless endangerment (2 counts), a misdemeanor

- Endangering the welfare of a child (2 counts), a misdemeanor

- Resisting arrest, a misdemeanor

- Unlawful fleeing a police officer, a misdemeanor

- Numerous vehicle and traffic violations

Jen July 05, 2012 at 04:22 AM
I Agree Frank has suffered enough. We all have made our own mistakes and have to deal with them. You people harp on talking about other people to make yourselves feel better....for what reason?
Joe July 06, 2012 at 12:35 AM
Yes Frank is a nice guy, yes he is a hard working man, and yes he and his family have a great business. Take away those attributes and then what kind of comments would there be? You would all be screaming bloody murder! He got what he deserved, lets just be thankful no one was killed and learn from his mistakes.
Dave H July 07, 2012 at 11:32 PM
take away those attributes and i would say innocent until proven guilty
Rachael July 12, 2012 at 03:04 AM
I agree that drunk driving with innocent children is totally wrong not to mention selfish
Jeana July 16, 2012 at 03:07 AM
I think what the police really need to do is focus on the real criminals here including themselves. How do we know this is even all factual? Yes he made a mistake driving with his kids while intoxicated, a mistake I am sure he is not proud of but haven't we all? NO ONE loves his kids more than him and his wife and I personally know they are awesome parents. These are family people!!! Quite frankly, people need to give it a rest and stop being so quick to judge. As far as his Sorrento’s incident, who cares! You can’t possibly tell me if you dealt with hundreds of people on a daily basis that negative experiences are inevitable. If someone looks at you the alleged wrong way now a day it's a problem and instigates an altercation - SO PLEASE STOP! This is a guy who supports our community and local schools and the last thing he would do is hurt someone never mind his own children. What ever happened to "Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone "? Let's focus on Frank's positive contributions and move on!!! We love you Frank and are here to support you!!

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