Unlicensed driving felony charge brought against East Hampton man

EH, Sag Harbor Weekend DWIs




East Hampton Town and Village police made arrests over the long weekend on driving while intoxicated charges, as did the Sag Harbor Village department.

The most serious charges brought were against an East Hampton man, Angel Reuben Patino-Sinche. As with the others arrested over the weekend, his DWI charges were misdemeanors, but town police added a felony charge of unlicensed driving to his docket. Cops say he was driving a 2000 Toyota erratically on Town Lane in Amagansett on Friday night, August 30, leading to a traffic stop and arrest.

His breath test at headquarters produced a blood alcohol content reading of .17, police said, well over the .08 mark that defines intoxication. The felony charge was brought because Patino-Sinche’s license has been suspended or revoked numerous times over the years, including after a 2007 DWI conviction. He was released on $500 bail.

East Hampton Village police arrested Liza Bigger, 44, a village resident, Saturday night, August 31. Bigger has contributed photographs to The Independent, She was driving a 2002 Mercedes when she was pulled over on Toilsome Lane for having a burned-out taillight, police said. At headquarters, she allegedly refused to take a breath test, meaning her license is suspended for the next year, pending a hearing at the Department of Motor Vehicles next week. She was released without bail.

Sag Harbor Village police arrested an East Hampton man, Juan Villa-Guichay, 36, early morning, September 1, after a traffic stop on Bay Street. With a breath test reading reported to be slightly over the limit, he was released later that morning without bail.

East Hampton Town police made three arrests on DWI charges earlier in the week, one of which, involving an accident on Stephen Hands Path, is detailed elsewhere.

Chiara Leonetti, 32, of Italy and New York City, was driving a vintage 1982 Fiat Spider when she was pulled over the night of August 25 in downtown Montauk for allegedly not turning on her headlights. She was released the next morning on nominal bail.

Wilson Guerrero, 50, reportedly told police he had fallen asleep driving a 2002 Chevrolet near his Amagansett Drive East residence early morning August 26, leading to an accident, the details of which were not available at press time.

During Guerrero’s arraignment, Legal Aid Society attorney Matthew D’Amato, representing Guerrero, pointed out to Justice Lisa Rana that the police had neglected to record the alleged .14 breath test reading on the charging document. If the reading is not recorded, a judge has no legal basis to suspend a defendant’s license, D’Amato said. Rana agreed, meaning Guerrero can continue to drive until the district attorney’s office provides a corrected accusatory document. Citing two prior DWI arrests, Rana set bail at $1500, which was posted.

t.e@indyeastend.com