A Greenport man who said he went out to buy cigars instead found himself behind bars after allegedly hitting a dog while he was drinking and driving November 1.
Christopher Lewis Moran, 65, of Greenport, was driving on Third Street in the village Friday afternoon when the incident allegedly occurred. A bystander told police he heard a thump and turned around to see Moran driving his vehicle away, leaving an injured dog in his wake.
The witness told police he saw the driver pull into a Third Street driveway, where he followed to confront him. Moran told Southold Town police that arrived on-scene he did not hit the dog, but officers said they noticed a dent on Moran’s front bumper license plate.
Things then went from bad to worse for the driver. Moran was administered and allegedly failed roadside sobriety tests, police said. He was charged with misdemeanor DWI and leaving the scene of an accident and held for arraignment.
A Riverhead woman was arrested October 27 after Riverhead Town police said they found drugs in her car during a traffic stop. Sophonia Reeder, 50, allegedly ran a stop sign at the corner of Marcy and Osborn avenues around 11:30 AM.
Police said they spotted several small white rocks that appeared to be crack cocaine in the center console of her vehicle. A field test of one of the granules tested positive. Reeder was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, both misdemeanors. She was processed at the station and released. She will answer the charges in justice court later this month.