Early Saturday afternoon accident leads to arrest

Sag Harbor: EH Man Facing Felony DWI Charges

Carlos Guatama Mejia, shown here being brought to court for his arraignment Sunday, is facing felony charges. Independent/T. E. McMorrow

A traffic accident on Hampton Street Saturday, August 18, a little after noon resulted in Sag Harbor Village police arresting an East Hampton resident on felony drunken and unlicensed driving charges.

According to the police, Carlos Guatama Mejia, 25, was driving a 2007 Honda Civic north when he struck another car. Failing roadside sobriety tests, he was placed under arrest. In addition to the felony charges, he also was charged with a misdemeanor for driving a car lacking an interlock ignition, which prevents a car from starting if the driver is intoxicated.

At headquarters, his breath test resulted in an alleged .16 of one percent blood alcohol content, twice the .08 reading that defines intoxication.

Guatama Mejia’s legal predicament is perilous. He was convicted on a misdemeanor driving while intoxicated charge just this past November in East Hampton. That conviction caused the new charges to be raised to the felony level, as well as the need for the ignition interlock. In addition, he is facing possible jail time for violating the terms of his probation.

Bail was set at $10,000 Sunday morning. Initially, in tears, Guatama Mejia told Justice Lisa Rana he would not be able to make the bail. She responded that the police would allow him to make whatever calls he needed to make before he would be taken to county jail. Bail was eventually posted.

Shari Frank, 50, who has residences in Manhattan and Wainscott, as well as one in Massachusetts, and Jacques Vaney, 55, of Sag Harbor, were both arrested over the weekend by Sag Harbor Village police on drunken driving charges. Vaney was arraigned Saturday morning, and Frank, Sunday. Both were released without having to post bail.