The head chef and partner of Dopo La Spiaggia in Sag Harbor and East Hampton was arrested by East Hampton Town police on drunken driving charges early Monday morning. Maurizio Marfoglia, 52, of Bay Point near Sag Harbor, was headed north on Route 114 when he fell asleep behind the wheel of a 2017 Ford, police said, and veered off the road, striking a mailbox, before crashing into a telephone pole. The vehicle came to a stop in the northbound shoulder of the road, facing south.
When police arrived, they said Marfoglia was standing outside his car and admitted to having two glasses of wine. They said he was driving alone and did not require medical attention.
Failing sobriety tests, he was placed under arrest, charged with drunken driving. At police headquarters, his breath test allegedly produced a reading of 0.24 of 1 percent, three times the 0.08 reading that defines intoxication, and over 0.18, meaning the charge was elevated to aggravated driving while intoxicated.
Represented by Edward Burke Jr., Marfoglia was arraigned before East Hampton Town Justice Steven Tekulsky later Monday morning. Burke said his client has strong ties to the community, and was not a flight risk. Justice Tekulsky agreed, and released him without bail, but with a warning not to drive after he suspended his license. Burke said he would apply to the court for a hardship license, which will allow Marfoglia to drive back and forth between his two restaurants and his Sunset Drive home, but only at predetermined times.