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Evans official mum about details on DWI arrest

An apologetic and embarrassed Evans supervisor acknowledged Sunday he was in a town car when arrested before dawn Saturday on charges of drunken driving.

But Robert R. Catalino II, a teacher, coach and supervisor for 11 years, declined to offer specifics about his arrest -- where he had been before state troopers pulled him over or why he contacted Evans police, who picked him up after he was driven to the town limits.

At a news conference Sunday morning at Brierwood Country Club in the Town of Hamburg, Catalino also declined to say whether he previously had been stopped on allegations of drunken driving.

Allan L. Paglia, his attorney, said he didn't want to get into details before Catalino's scheduled appearance Feb. 27 in Brant Town Court.

He, however, confirmed that, when pulled over, Catalino was driving a town vehicle, which has been impounded.

For the second time since the arrest, Catalino issued a public apology.

"I take full responsibility for it," he said, pledging to seek counseling and treatment, if needed. "There's nothing else I can do right now than to take my medicine."

Catalino said he let down his family, constituents and students.

"I ask a lot out of these people and apologize to them for making a mistake," he said, echoing his comments Saturday night.

State troopers stopped Catalino, 40, of Beach Road, at about 3 a.m. Saturday on Route 5 in Brant, not far from the Evangola Beach turnoff, according to police reports and Paglia.

A trooper reported clocking Catalino driving 73 mph in a 45-mph zone, troopers said. After failing a standardized field sobriety test, Catalino was charged with driving while intoxicated and taken to the State Police barracks in North Collins. His blood-alcohol content measured 0.17, more than twice the legal limit, troopers said.

In addition to his job as supervisor, Catalino is a part-time physical education teacher at Lake Shore High School, where he coaches baseball and junior varsity basketball.

"No one is tougher on them than I am, and I feel like I let them down," he said of his students.

"I expect to speak with my students and tell them I made a mistake. . . . I hope they'll show me forgiveness and understanding."

As for his government position, Catalino said he had decided even before Saturday's arrest not to seek re-election.

"I'm very proud of our community," he said. "Unfortunately, today, they're probably not very proud of me."


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