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Evans supervisor is charged with DWI

The Evans town supervisor was arrested for drunken driving early Saturday by State Police.

Robert R. Catalino II was charged with driving while intoxicated after he failed a field sobriety test and later was found to have a blood alcohol content of 0.17 percent -- more than twice the legal limit -- State Police Sgt. Bill Galloway said.

Catalino, Evans town supervisor since 1995 and a part-time physical education teacher at Lake Shore High School, apologized for his conduct in a statement released Saturday evening.

"I promise that I will undertake to do everything necessary to ensure that such an incident will never occur again," Catalino said in a statement issued through his attorney, Allan L. Paglia. Catalino would not take questions but is planning to hold a news conference this morning at Briarwood Country Club in Hamburg.

Catalino, 40, of Beach Road in Angola, is a 1987 graduate of St. Bonaventure University and the son of former four-term Evans Supervisor Robert R. Catalino.

He is a former physical education teacher for the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo. The 2005-06 Section VI coaches' directory lists him as Lake Shore High School's baseball coach.

Catalino was pulled over early Saturday on Route 5 in Brant after a state trooper recorded him driving 73 mph in a 45-mph zone, Galloway said. The police report does not indicate precisely when Catalino was pulled over, the sergeant said. Catalino was given a standardized field sobriety test, which he failed, Galloway said. He was then charged with DWI and taken to the State Police barracks in North Collins.

A blood-alcohol test given to Catalino at the barracks indicated he had a BAC of 0.17 percent, Galloway said. In New York State, the legal limit for drivers is 0.08 percent.

Catalino was issued traffic tickets for DWI and speeding, and must return to Brant Town Court later this month, Galloway said. Troopers Bill Hager and Stephen Packard handled the arrest.

In his statement, Catalino apologized to his family, to the members of the Evans Town Board, to Evans municipal workers and to residents of the town.

In addition, he wrote, "I apologize to my students for my failure to provide them with a good example."

Catalino pledged to seek counseling and treatment, if advised to do so by legal or health care professionals.

Evans Town Board members Kathleen A. Bartus and Michael M. Spence declined to comment on Catalino's arrest.


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