Northport Police Blotter: Man Charged W/ DWI Overdosed On Alcohol

NORTHPORT, NY – Check out some recent police incidents in the Northport Village area from May 23-29.

The Northport Police Department released the following information. All allegations are allegations and do not imply guilt.


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  • Matthew Brown, 69, of Northport, was charged with leaving the scene of the accident on Waterside Avenue around 10:20 p.m. on May 23, police said. Brown, driving a 2002 Ford Expedition, crashed into a parked 2004 Saturn and pulled away southbound on Waterside Avenue, police said. Police found Brown’s car at Centershore Road and the Chalet Inn, police said. Brown parked behind the wheel and parked in the middle of the lot with the engine idling, police said. Police questioned Brown, whose breath smelled of alcohol, his eyes were glassy and bloodshot, his speech was slurred and sluggish, and he was very unsteady on his feet as he got out of his car and had to use the door and side of the car to stabilize, police said. Brown was too intoxicated to take standardized field sobriety tests, police said. Brown did not have the required locking device in his car, police said. Centerport Rescue took Brown to Huntington Hospital to be treated for an alcohol overdose, police said. Brown agreed to a blood test, police said. He was arrested and charged with drunk driving, installing and operating an ignition interlock, leaving the scene of the accident, making an unsafe lane change and consuming alcoholic beverages.
  • Katherine Cruz-Bajurto, 24, of Northport, was driving a 2006 Honda westbound on the Main
    Street while accelerating around 8:45 a.m. on May 27, police said. Police stopped and questioned Cruz-Bajurto, and her eyes were glassy and bloodshot, her speech was slurred, she was very unsteady on her feet and she had a strong odor of alcoholic beverage on her breath, police said. She could not keep her head up and had to constantly rest her head against the driver’s door, police said. Cruz-Bajurto performed poorly on several field sobriety tests, police said. She was arrested and charged with drunk driving, consumption of alcoholic beverages, unreasonable speed, operating a motor vehicle by an unlicensed driver and driving while intoxicated: BAC score.
  • Byron Riverapirir, 26, of Huntington, drove a 2019 Honda southbound on Waterside
    Avenue as he crossed the solid white shoulder marker line several times around 9:30 p.m. on May 28, police said. Riverapirir was stopped on Norwood Avenue and questioned by police. She said Riverapirir’s eyes were glassy and bloodshot, his speech was slow and sluggish, he was unsteady on his feet, and he had a greenish colored film with raised taste buds on his tongue. Riverapirir was affected due to field sobriety tests conducted by police, police said. A jar of marijuana and a joint in a ginger ale bottle were found on the seat of his car, police said. The substance tested positive for THC, police said. Riverapirir was arrested and charged with impairing driving ability, missing/expired vehicle inspection, unsafe lane maneuvering, use of cannabis in a motor vehicle and equipment: tinted windows.


  • Police assisted someone who dropped his keys down a sewer manhole on Main Street on May 23.
  • A woman who parks on Woodbine Avenue has said so for the past few months, if not
    longer, her vehicle has suffered damage, but she doesn’t know how. The woman requested a police report for her insurance company to have the vehicle repaired. The incident was reported on May 23.
  • Someone got a ticket for having an unleashed dog in Village Park on May 24th.
  • A deer was freed from a fence by police on James Street on May 24.
  • A man reported a possible social media scam to police on May 24. He told police he was
    sent back and forth to someone via Snapchat messenger and ended up sending obscure photos of himself to a person he didn’t know, who then threatened to post the pictures on social media if he didn’t send $500. Police told the man this was a common scam and that he should delete his Snapchat account, which he did. The man didn’t send the money.
  • On May 25, a person was found using a bow and arrow in Steers Park. Police told him he was not allowed to shoot a bow and arrow on Northport Village property. The person has been warned.
  • On May 25, a gold bracelet was found in Village Park and handed over to the police.
  • A woman said she was attacked by a hawk on Main Street on May 25. She suffered a cut on her ear and went to Huntington Hospital for treatment.
  • A subpoena was issued to a driver who parked in a no-parking zone on Scudder Avenue on May 26.
  • A stolen purse was reported to Maroni Cuisine on May 26.
  • A lost dog without a collar was successfully returned to its owner on May 27th.
  • A Lisa Drive resident reported May 28 that someone ransacked his car but didn’t steal anything.
  • A Franklin Street resident reported on May 28 that someone ran through his car. Footage from the resident’s ring camera showed a man opening his vehicle door at around 2:30 a.m. and walking through his vehicle for a short time before turning back onto the street. No items were stolen from the vehicle. The man said his vehicle was left unlocked in the driveway.
  • Police assisted a driver whose vehicle ran out of gas on May 29.

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Northport Police Blotter: Man with DWI charged with alcohol overdose

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