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Police: L.I. Dentist Charged With Practicing While Under The Influence Of Alcohol

Dr. Robert Garelick Maintains Innocence; Hygienists: We’ve Never See Him Drunk


LINDENHURST, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – A well-regarded dentist on Long Island spent Monday night in jail, accused of boozing it up and then performing a complicated drilling procedure in the mouth of his patient.

Doctor Robert Garelick appeared to smirk as police led him handcuffed to court, CBS 2’s Jennifer McLogan reported Tuesday.

“Suffolk County police arrested a dentist who was under the influence of alcohol while he conducted a dental procedure on a patient yesterday afternoon,” police spokesperson Kerry Pecorino told WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs.

It is not clear what procedure Garelick was conducting at the time of his arrest.

On north Wellwood Avenue at the Lindenhurst dental offices of Dr. Garelick, CBS 2 asked the dental hygienists in his private practice if they had observed any drunken behavior.

“We’re not sure what’s going on right now,” was one of the answers received.

A patient claimed to smell his boozy breath during a drilling procedure and became so alarmed she called police, who entered the office to interview the dentist, CBS 2’s McLogan reported.