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East Hampton Town: Crashes Lead To DWI Arrests

It was a week of mayhem on the roads of East Hampton Town. Four accidents leading to four arrests on misdemeanor drunken driving charges in East Hampton Town last week.

A Northwest Woods resident, Eric Spear, 35, who also lives in New York City, was driving a 2006 Jeep the evening of July 12 when he made a right turn off of Long Lane onto Stephen Hands Path. Police said he veered into the oncoming lane of traffic, causing a head-on collision with a 2001 Toyota pickup truck. Neither Spear nor the driver of the truck needed medical attention. Spear was released the next day on $500 bail.

Another Northwest Woods man, Kent McDonald, 69, was arrested after an accident. Police said McDonald was driving a 2017 Hyundai behind two other vehicles on Cedar Street. When the 2006 Dodge pickup truck at the front of the line came to a stop to make the turn onto Cooper Lane, so, too, did the second car. McDonald failed to stop, according to police, and rear-ended the 2015 Hyundai in front of him, pushing that vehicle into the pickup truck.

McDonald refused to take a breath test, police said. At his arraignment the next morning, East Hampton Town Justice Lisa Rana set bail at $200.

Kitanya Allen of North Baldwin was headed west on Montauk Highway Saturday night when, as she approached the intersection with Cranberry Hole Road, she swerved onto the grassy triangle at the intersection, striking two signs and three trees before coming to a stop, police said. Allen was released the next morning after posting $250 bail.

Jose Morocho-Morocho, 49, of Springs was driving a 2000 Ford pickup south on Route 114 when, police said, he failed to realize that the 2006 GMC suburban in front of him was making a right turn onto Seabreeze Drive. The Ford allegedly struck the GMC, and Morocho-Morocho was charged with driving while intoxicated. He posted $1000 bail.

A Springs man, Dainis Saulitis, was charged with DWI after being stopped Saturday night for running a stop sign and driving erratically on Will Curl Highway in Springs, police said. He was released on $500 bail.

A Manhattan woman, Jacqueline Brown, was arrested early July 12 after the 2003 Nissan she was driving was pulled over on Pantigo Road for swerving across lane lines, police said. She was released later that morning on $500 bail.

Marcos Serra Bencosme, 27, of Montauk was arrested Sunday afternoon. He was charged with driving with ability impaired, a violation. However, because he was arrested a little more than a year ago on a drunken driving charge, his license was suspended, leading to a new charge of felony unlicensed driving.

Mario Rodriguez-Moscoso, 38, was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence of drugs a little after midnight Sunday. He was pulled over in a 2000 GMC for failing to signal a turn on Queens Lane. He refused to have blood drawn, according to the police. He was arraigned on Monday and released without bail.

Thilakawathy Subramuniam, 21, was arrested by the Citgo gasoline station on Montauk Main Street early Monday morning. Subramuniam was released without having to post bail later that day.

With reporting by Kate Ward

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