PLAINVIEW, N.Y. (WPIX)—A Long Island man was busted driving drunk early Wednesday after police spotted him rocketing along the Long Island Expressway in a 2005 Maserati at more than 110 mph.
The coupe was clocked rocketing westbound on the LIE at 113 mph Wednesday morning, weaving in and out of traffic.
Police say that after they pulled over 49-year-old Joseph Carbone, he told the arresting officer that he should check his equipment because he was actually going over a 130. Carbone had been drinking before getting behind the wheel and, according to Nassau County Police, he had "great difficulty" performing a field sobriety test.
"Apparently he was able to put his foot down on the pedal and get that car to go an excessive rate," said Smith.Nassau Police Detective Lieutenant Kevin Smith.
Police happened to be watching westbound traffic on the L.I.E. around 3 a.m. when they saw Syosset resident Joseph Carbone, 49, blowing through traffic in his Italian sports car valued somewhere around $100,000.
Investigators say Carbone was doing at least twice the speed limit when they caught him. The officer who pulled over Carbone also determined he was drunk.
Carbone faces charges of reckless endangerment, DWI, reckless driving, and driving in excess of 55 mph. He is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Hempstead on Wednesday.
Investigators say it was drivers 4th DWI arrest in past 6 years.
It seems unfathomable that someone with 3 DWI arrests would be able to lease an $85,000 sports car, but as a Maserati dealer told PIX News, as long as you have the money and a valid license anyone can get a car.
A Nassau DA spokesman told PIX that the department of motor vehicles reissued Carbone a new license, but the DMV did not return any calls.
Carbone now faces up to 7 years in prison if convicted.