Not guilty plea entered for county’s former STOP-DWI coordinator

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The former Oneida County Stop-DWI coordinator had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf in Utica City Court on Wednesday on a charge of driving while ability impaired by drugs, according to court officials.

City Court officials said Thomas Giruzzi, 61, of Utica, was not present in court and that the not guilty plea was entered by his attorney, David Longeretta.

Longeretta explained his client’s absence by saying that said that Giruzzi is seeking treatment.

Giruzzi is charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs, using a cell phone while driving and not wearing a seat-belt, authorities stated.

Giruzzi’s case was adjourned to May 15. Police said at 8:22 p.m. March 5, Giruzzi was pulled over on Genesee Street in Utica for the seat-belt and cell phone violations.

Once stopped, police said Giruzzi was found driving under the influence of narcotics. He was subsequently fired from his position as Stop-DWI coordinator.

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