One dozen people were arrested last week on varying charges of drunken and drug-impaired driving — some at a sobriety checkpoint on Montauk Highway in Bridgehampton over the weekend, Southampton Town police said.
In the first incident, a 21-year-old Dudley, MA man was arrested following a car crash in Bridgehampton on Friday, August 17, police said. Ryan Berg was involved in a two-car crash on Scuttlehole Road just before 2 AM and was charged with driving while intoxicated, as well as violations including failing to use the designated lane and speeding, police said. On Saturday, August 18, Brad Silver, 51, of Water Mill, was arrested in Bridgehampton and was charged with driving while intoxicated. Police said Silver was stopped at a sobriety checkpoint and was found to be under the influence of alcohol at about 1:20 AM.
A 64-year-old Stuart, FL man was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs in Bridgehampton on Sunday, August 19, according to town police. When Arthur Lawall entered a sobriety checkpoint on Montauk Highway at about 1:11 AM, officers could smell marijuana coming from the back of his car, and he told them he had taken a few “tokes” of a marijuana joint after finishing work, then discarded it when he saw the checkpoint. He was charged with operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs and was cited for not operating a registered vehicle, police said.
A 29-year-old Denver, CO man was arrested in Bridgehampton after police said he was found with pot. Kenneth Faried Lewis was a passenger in a car, which was stopped on Montauk Highway at about 1:30 AM, and had more than two ounces of pot on him, police said. Due to the “circumstances,” police said his money was seized and his bail was set at $500. He was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of marijuana, a misdemeanor. No further information was available from police.
Derek Grabner, 30, of New York was arrested in Bridgehampton on Sunday on drug possession charges, police said. Cops say he was found on Montauk Highway at about 3:15 AM with four types of prescription pills, all controlled substances, without a prescription for them, and concentrated cannabis vaporizer cartridges. He was charged with five counts of misdemeanor seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and two counts of possession of a controlled substance in a non-original container, a violation.
Aureliano Mendez Guevara, 38, of Flanders was also arrested on Sunday in Bridgehampton and was charged with driving while intoxicated. Police said he was stopped in a sobriety checkpoint and was found to be drunk.
And west of the Shinnecock Canal, Williams Hynes, 20, of Flanders, was arrested in Riverside on Saturday on a charge of driving while intoxicated. Police said he was stopped for speeding and changing lanes unsafely, for which he was additionally issued traffic violations, at about 1:15 AM. On the same day, Brian O’Connor, 24, of Hampton Bays was arrested in Hampton Bays and was charged with driving while intoxicated after being involved in a crash on Wakeman Road at about 4 AM.
A man and woman from Nassau County were arrested Sunday, August 19, after they were caught with cocaine at the Boardy Barn in Hampton Bays, police said.
Chad Poole, 29, of Massapequa was seen being handed a plastic baggie with cocaine by Cara Kelly, 24, of Long Beach. He then opened the bag to dip a key inside and allow her to snort some off the key, police said. Poole was arrested holding the bag of cocaine, according to police. Both were charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor, and were issued appearance tickets to appear in court at a later date. (Update: A misdemeanor charge of illegal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree leveled August 18, against Chad Poole, 30, of Massapequa was reduced to disorderly conduct, a violation, by Southampton Town Justice Andrea Schiavoni. Poole agreed to pay a fine of $100, plus a surcharge of $125, on October 12, 2018, to settle the charges against him.)
There were also arrests earlier In the week. Ellen Castro, 23, of Calverton, was arrested in Flanders on August 14, and was charged with two counts of driving while intoxicated. Police said Castro had been speeding on Flanders Road, then drove in the center lane and passed three cars at about 3:40 AM. She was additionally cited for not having a valid driver’s license, and other traffic violations including speeding, moving from a lane in an unsafe manner, and driving to the left of pavement markings.
On August 15, Oscar Gonzalez, 48, of Loxahatchee, FL was arrested in Bridgehampton and was charged with driving while intoxicated. Police said Gonzalez was initially pulled over because the car he was driving was swerving. He was additionally cited for traffic violations, including driving without a license, failing to use the designated lane, and moving from a lane unsafely.
Jose Giraldo, 55, of Hampton Bays was arrested in Hampton Bays on Friday, August 17, for having stolen property from East Hampton Town, Southampton Town police said. He was charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. No further information was available from police.