2009-11-27 / Top Stories

Drunk Motorist Meets El Pole On Beach 79 Street

By Howard Schwach

The red Ford pick-up driven by Shadin Zambinino- Grazo crashed into an elevated pole on Beach Channel Drive at Beach 79 Street. Police say that the driver was legally drunk at the time of the accident. Photo by Susan Locke. The red Ford pick-up driven by Shadin Zambinino- Grazo crashed into an elevated pole on Beach Channel Drive at Beach 79 Street. Police say that the driver was legally drunk at the time of the accident. Photo by Susan Locke. A New Jersey man who was driving drunk lost control of his Ford pick-up truck and crashed into a pole holding up the elevated subway structure at Beach Channel Drive and Beach 79 Street on Friday morning, police say.

According to court rec - ords supplied by Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, Shadin Zam bon - ino-Garzo, 43, of Carteret, New Jersey, was driving westbound on Beach Chan nel Drive when he struck the pole.

Eyewitnesses say that Zambonino-Garzo got out of his truck after the accident and began to walk away. Pol ice Officer William Grieshaber, res ponding to the accident call, saw the man walk away and stopped him.

The officer reported that Zambonino-Garzo was in an intoxicated condition, with blood-shot eyes and slurred speech. In addition, the officer said, the man had a strong odor of alcohol and was unsteady on his feet.

When he was arrested, the man allegedly told the arresting officer, "I f——ked up."

Police found an empty bottle of Corona beer as well as another full, unopened bottle of the beer in the car.

The defendant refused to take a Breathalyzer test at the scene, but later consented to a test at the 112 Precinct in Forest Hills, the headquarters of the Accident Investigation Division.

There, he allegedly blew .10 on the blood alcohol test, above the legal limits for being considered drunk.

In addition, records show, Zam bonino-Garzo was convicted of driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol in November of 2005.

He was arraigned in Queens Crimi nal Court on November 21 on charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs and felony aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

His bail was set at $2000 and his next court date was set for December 4.

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