Three alcohol-related driving arrests over the past week

EH: Felony Charged After Traffic Stop

There were three arrests this past week in East Hampton on alcohol-related driving charges, two made by town police, and one in the village.

For a man in the hospitality trade who has worked in Montauk for the past couple of seasons, a breath test at town police headquarters the night of April 9 produced an alleged reading that meant good news and bad news.

Philip Iordanou, 43, had been driving a 2016 Audi on Westlake Drive that night when he was pulled over for allegedly swerving across the double yellow lines. The officer had him perform sobriety tests, which she said he failed.

The good news for Iordanou, whose license says he is from Muttontown, but who has given in East Hampton Town Justice Court at least two other addresses over the past year, including Manhattan and Astoria when he was arraigned in September 2017 on driving while intoxicated charges, was that the reading was an alleged .06, below the .08 mark that would have meant another DWI.

The bad news was that, while only charged with a violation, driving with ability impaired by alcohol, based on the .06 reported reading, it opened him up to a felony charge of unlicensed driving. His 2017 arrest was finally adjudicated in January of this year, when, in return for a guilty plea, Justice Lisa Rana suspended his license for six months and fined him $1400. In such circumstances, any alcohol-related driving without a license charge is a felony.

He also was charged with driving a vehicle not equipped with an ignition interlock device, required because of the January conviction, which is a misdemeanor.

He was arraigned on the new charges April 10 in front of Justice Steven Tekulsky. The judge said that, beyond the fact that Iordanou, who told Rana last year that he was a manager at Surf Lodge in Montauk, had ignored Rana’s order to install the interlock device, he also had ignored her order not to drive for the length of his suspension, six months. “You will have the pleasure of appearing before her again,” Tekulsky said, shifting the case over to Rana’s calendar, since, technically, the prior sentence can be revisited.

Another hospitality worker, Walter William Garcia Serrano, was arrested by East Hampton Village police around midnight Saturday. He was speeding on Montauk Highway in a 2009 Nissan, leading to the traffic stop, police said. He told the arresting officer he’d had one glass of wine at his place of employment, Dopo La Spiaggia. He refused a breath test, police said, causing Tekulsky to suspend the 39-year-old Southampton resident’s driving privileges for the next year, pending a hearing at the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Garcia Serrano was released after his arraignment without bail.

Also arrested this past week by town police was a 17-year-old woman with an East Hampton address. Police said they came upon her in a 2002 Toyota that had broken down and was blocking traffic on Oak View Highway early Saturday morning. Her name was withheld because of her age. She too was released without bail.