Southampton Town Police, working the overnight weekend beat on the northwest side of town, charged three drivers with driving while intoxicated in separate incidents.
Crashing into a guardrail in the middle of the night proved the undoing of Rudi Ramirez. Southampton Town Police said Ramirez, 25, was on Old Country Road in Westhampton when he hit the rail shortly before 4:30 AM on Sunday, October 28. Responding officers said they determined Ramirez, who gave a Southampton address, had been drinking and slapped a misdemeanor count of driving while intoxicated on him.
The same charge befell Ismael Herrera, 30, who was headed east on Flanders Road about 4 AM when he drew the attention of cops on patrol.
A night earlier, a 23-year-old Riverhead man who police said was in possession of a small quantity of alprazolam (Xanax), was arrested in Hampton Bays Saturday. Timothy Edler was charged with seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor, after a run-in with police near Ponquogue Bridge at about 2:18 AM.
Twenty minutes earlier that same night police pulled over Marco Cruz, 40, of Aquebogue near the traffic circle in Flanders. He was stopped near Peconic Avenue around 1:47 AM and faces several violations and a misdemeanor DWI charge after police said he did not fare well on roadside sobriety tests.