Staten Island Businessman Pleads Guilty to DWI, Prosecutors Say

By Nicholas Rizzi on November 14, 2013 1:07pm 

 Shane Sorrento, 35, pleaded guilty to DWI after a single-car crash in April, prosecutors said.
Shane Sorrento, 35, pleaded guilty to DWI after a single-car crash in April, prosecutors said.
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STATEN ISLAND — A Staten Island man was stopped for driving while drunk just hours after being named one of the borough's top businessmen under-40.

Shane Sorrento, 35, owner Apex Credit Solutions, pleaded guilty this week to DWI after crashing his car in April.

Sorrento chaired the Staten Island Economic Development Corporation's 40 Under 40 Leadership group and received an award from the SIEDC the day before his crash, the Staten Island Advance reported.

His lawyer, Richard Luthmann, who had charges dropped on his own DWI case this week, told the Advance in April that Sorrento wasn't behind the wheel when his car hit a pole.

However, Sorrento pleaded guilty and admitted to being behind the wheel, prosecutors said.

Sorrento's license was suspended for 90 days. He also has to pay a $300 fine and attend a drunk driving program and a victims' impact panel to get a conditional discharge, the district attorney's office said.

He faces 15 days in jail if he doesn't attend the meetings and pay the fine, prosecutors said.

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