Plastic Bags, Glass Pipes, Alcohol, and Plenty of Pills

A strong smell of marijuana smoke, Rambling Wreck, Asleep in Intersection

    An East Hampton Village police officer spotted a 2006 Jeep Cherokee parked at the end of the Sea Spray access with five occupants on March 19 at 10 p.m. Approaching the vehicle, the officer noticed a strong smell of marijuana smoke, the police report said.

    Justin M. Damark, 20, of East Hampton, the owner of the car, told the officer that they had just smoked marijuana and that the officer was welcome to search the vehicle, according to the report. The officer did so, finding a plastic bag of marijuana, two glass pipes, and a grinder used for marijuana, police said.

    Mr. Damark then allegedly told the officer that all the items were his. He was arrested, taken to police headquarters, and charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation.

    It was not Mr. Damark’s first trip there. On Dec. 16, he was arrested for the alleged possession of 20 pills of oxycodone, an opiate-based controlled substance, after he was stopped for speeding on Three Mile Harbor-Hog Creek Road in Springs, according to the police report, which stated that he had been doing 70 miles per hour in a 35-mile-per-hour zone.

    Mr. Damark’s Jeep reportedly reeked of marijuana when the arresting officer spoke to him at the time. He was released with a ticket for a court date in January, but he didn’t show up for it, police said. He was subsequently rearrested on a bench warrant and then released without bail.

Asleep in Intersection
    Sleeping while driving landed an East Hampton woman in jail, town police said.
    On March 20 a little before daybreak, police received a report of a green BMW blocking traffic at the intersection of Montauk Highway and Stephen Hand’s Path in East Hampton. When officers arrived on the scene, they allegedly found Latoya M. Petty, 27, asleep at the wheel, the car still in drive, its engine running, and her foot resting on the brake. An officer put the car in park, shut the engine off, and stirred the sleeping Ms. Petty, police said.

    The officer could smell alcohol on Ms. Petty’s breath, and when she opened her eyes, they appeared to be glassy and bloodshot, according to police. She stepped out of the vehicle and was reportedly unsteady on her feet. An open bottle of brandy was allegedly found on the floor behind the passenger seat of the BMW. She failed a breath test, police said, and was arrested and taken to headquarters in Wainscott. There she failed another breath test, registering a blood alcohol level of .09 percent, police said.

    Besides driving while intoxicated, Ms. Petty was also charged with driving with a suspended license. Bail was set later that day at $350.

    Jakob R. Slowey-Nilsen of Sag Harbor, driving a little before midnight on March 19, ran a stop sign at the intersection of Cove Hollow Road and Route 114 in East Hampton, police said. An officer who was on patrol nearby pulled the car over and noticed a strong smell of liquor coming from it and that Mr. Slowey-Nilsen was slurring his speech and had bloodshot eyes, police said. An open bottle of liquor was on the seat next to him, they said.

    The officer asked Mr. Slowey-Nilsen, 31, to step out of the car, and when he did he was allegedly unsteady on his feet. He failed sobriety tests and was arrested, at which time the officer searched him, finding 10 pink pills in his front pocket, the report said. It was later determined that the pills were oxycodone hydrochloride, police said.

    Mr. Slowey-Nilsen was taken to headquarters and charged with driving while intoxicated and possession of a controlled substance. Bail was set the next morning at $350.

    On Friday at about 2:30 a.m., Grace A. Siedlarz was driving a Ford pickup truck south on Three Mile Harbor Road near Woodbine Drive in Springs when she began weaving back and forth across the road, into oncoming traffic and then onto the shoulder, police reported.

    When the 45-year-old East Hampton resident stepped out of the truck she was unsteady on her feet and her breath smelled of alcohol, police said. She allegedly failed a roadside breath test and was arrested and taken to headquarters. She was released that day with a court appearance ticket.

Rambling Wreck
    An officer on patrol early Friday night and heading east passed a silver Volvo westbound on Abraham’s Path in East Hampton near Springs-Fireplace Road. The Volvo, which had a flat tire and a smashed-up driver’s side, was being driven by James P. Fabrizio, 21, of Springs, police said.

    The officer turned around, pulled Mr. Fabrizio over, and when he questioned him reportedly noticed a smell of alcohol and that his eyes were bleary and his speech was slurred. Mr. Fabrizio allegedly failed a roadside sobriety test and a breath test. He was arrested and taken to headquarters, where another breath test reportedly registered a blood alcohol level of .19 percent, more than twice the legal limit.

    Further investigation revealed that Mr. Fabrizio had crashed the Volvo off Abraham’s Path near Asa’s Path and then managed to get the car moving again just prior to being spotted by the officer, the report said. Mr. Fabrizio could not remember the details of the accident because of his intoxicated state, police said. He was charged with misdemeanor aggravated driving while intoxicated. Bail was set the next morning at $500.

    An East Hampton Village officer on patrol in the early morning hours of March 19 reportedly spotted a speeding 1999 Jeep on Montauk Highway. The officer followed the Jeep as it turned onto Stephen Hand’s Path and then pulled it over. The officer found the driver, Agustin T. Zurdo, who is 42 and lives in East Hampton, glassy eyed, speaking in a slurred manner, and with a strong smell of alcohol about him, the report indicates.

    Mr. Zurdo’s movements were unsteady, and he was subsequently arrested, police said. He was charged with D.W.I., driving with an open container of alcohol, driving without a valid license, and a number of moving violations. Police impounded the Jeep.