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Sag Harbor, East Hampton Drunken Driving Charges

A Baldwin man remained in county jail as of Monday, August 27, unable to raise the $500 bail set for him during his arraignment Friday, after trying to outrun, first in his vehicle, then on foot, the arresting officer, according to Sag Harbor Village police.

Mohammad Negadi, 27, was headed south on Hampton Road in a 2001 GMC van a little after 1 AM on Friday, August 24, when a patrolman clocked the vehicle at 57 miles per hour in a 25-mph zone, the police said. Negadi allegedly briefly lost control of the van, crossing into the northbound lane, hopping the curb and the sidewalk, before righting the vehicle, police said. When the officer activated his emergency lights, Negadi allegedly refused to stop, turning, instead, onto Lincoln Street where police said he ran two stop signs.

With police after him, Negadi reportedly turned onto Harding Terrace, finally stopping at the dead end. Negadi then tried to elude police on foot, but was finally stopped “by means of a taser deployment and physical contact,” the police report reads. Negadi appeared intoxicated, according to the police, who decided against having him perform sobriety tests because he was “extremely combative and violent” at the time. He was taken by ambulance to Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, where the taser prongs were removed from his body. He was asked to take a chemical test to determine the level of alcohol in his blood, which police said he refused to do.

Aside from numerous moving violations, he was charged with three misdemeanors: driving while intoxicated, resisting arrest, and obstruction of governmental administration.

Sag Harbor police made another arrest on a DWI charge over the weekend. Joshua Carroll, 29, of Brooklyn drove through the stop sign at Main and Bay Streets early Saturday, August 25, leading to a traffic stop, and his arrest. He also refused a breath test. Carroll told Justice Lisa Rana that he is working for the season at a Northwest Woods residence. He was released on $500 bail.

East Hampton Town police made three arrests this past weekend on driving while intoxicated charges. One of those was arrested on a felony cocaine possession charge, and is detailed elsewhere. Joseph Ruggerio, 46, of Manhattan, was pulled over early Saturday on Montauk Highway just east of Bluff Road in Amagansett for allegedly failing to dim his headlights for an oncoming patrol car. George McGinnis, 31, of Sagaponack, was stopped about 24 hours later at about the same location for reportedly swerving across lane lines.

Both men refused to take a breath test at police headquarters, resulting in Justice Rana suspending their licenses for the next year, pending a hearing for each of them at the Department of Motor Vehicles next week. Both men were released without bail.