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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Lady busted for DWI after taking wrong turn linked to slain restaurateur

She drank herself into an early grave — and lived to tell about it.

Kelly Catapano, 35, of Staten Island, was busted for drunken driving Sunday at the Moravian Cemetery in New Dorp when she drove her Chrysler Sebring into a freshly dug grave.

Catapano had a blood-alcohol count triple the legal limit, law-enforcement sources said yesterday. Her car — which had dropped four feet below ground — had to be hauled out by an NYPD tow truck, the sources said.

Catapano told cemetery workers she was visiting the mausoleum of her late boyfriend Frank Fresca, who was gunned down in a July 2008 mob-style execution at his eatery, Fresca’s on the Bay, sources said.

Fresca, 66, was hit in the head and chest nine times behind his upscale Italian eatery — a known hangout for gangster wannabes, cops said.

She made a wrong turn, and instead of turning onto a driveway to the street turned onto a footpath that led to the open grave, she told the workers, who called cops.

Catapano, of Staten Island, reeked of booze, could barely stand up and refused a field-sobriety test, sources said.

But cops performed a chemical test that showed a BAC reading of .247 — more than three times the legal limit of .08, sources said. She was being held at Rikers on $5,000 bond or cash bail.

Catapano has two DWI convictions from a pair of busts in November and December 2008.

She was also arrested in 2009 for breaking into the late Fresca’s Tottenville home after she’d been evicted by his ex-wife.

The ex showed up and found beer cans littering the floor and Catapano hiding in a bedroom closet, cops said at the time.

She was sentenced to 30 days in jail in a plea deal on the trespassing and DWI charges in April 2009.

Fresca was gunned down July 30, 2008 in a Mafia-style execution that the FBI believes could be linked to the Bonanno crime family, law-enforcement sources said at the time.



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