Traffic stop leads to arrest

Northwest Woods Man Charged With Felony Coke Possession

East Hampton Town police charged Rian O’Dwyer on a felony charge of possession of over a half-gram of cocaine. Independent/T. E. McMorrow


A traffic stop led, ultimately, to the arrest of a Northwest Woods man on a felony cocaine possession charge early Sunday morning, September 9. According to East Hampton Town police, Rian O’Dwyer, 22, was speeding in a 2013 Toyota Tundra pickup on Route 114 a little before 4 AM, with a burned-out rear taillight. Failing roadside sobriety tests, he was placed under arrest.

A breath test at headquarters indicated that O’Dwyer had .07 of one percentage alcohol in the blood, below the .08 mark that defines intoxication. O’Dwyer was charged with driving with ability impaired, a violation.

When they frisked O’’Dwyer, police said they found two small plastic bags containing cocaine “on his person,” along with another four in the cabin of the pickup truck. Police said the total weight was over a half gram, leading to a felony possession charge.

During his arraignment later Sunday morning, he was represented by Brian DeSesa. DeSesa said that O’Dwyer is a lifelong resident of East Hampton Town who has recently been seeking help for a substance abuse problem. Bail was set at $3000, which was posted.