Broome County Sheriff's Office amps up patrolling for Memorial Day

By Perry Russom

May 26, 2014 Updated May 27, 2014 at 4:17 AM EST

Town of Dickinson, NY (WBNG Binghamton) With more drivers on the roads Memorial Day weekend, there were more law enforcement officers patrolling them.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week called for a three-day statewide crackdown on impaired driving.

The Broome County Sheriff's Office beefed up its patrols as a result.

Deputy Ryan Carnevale came in on his day off to keep an eye on the roads.

"Obviously, we look for vehicles that are moving from their lanes unsafely, failure to maintain speeds, going fast, speeding up, slowing down," said Carnevale.

That's what lead to a man being pulled over on Route 17 Monday evening where deputies found meth and ketamine - better known by the street name "Special K."

It's a sedative used as an animal tranquilizer.

"The occupants of that vehicle were taken into custody and will be charged later (Monday night)," said Sgt. Andrew Eggleston of the Broome County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies say the driver of the vehicle was 21-year-old Zeeshan Khan Balooch. He was charged with driving while intoxicated while under the influence of drugs, and two felony counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance.

22-year old Nicole Yehezkel was also in the car, according to deputies. She was charged with both a felony and a misdemeanor charge of criminal possesion of a controlled substance.

Both were arraigned on the charges and are being held in Broome County Jail without bail.

With more people off from work and going to parties, that leads to more people behind the wheel after a few drinks, Eggleston said.

"They still need to understand drink responsibly," said Carnevale. "Always have a designated driver."

The sheriff's office said they would maintain an increase in patrols until early Tuesday morning.

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