A Montauk driver who peeled out of a parking lot near the docks, brakes screeching, late at night on Feb. 1 was arrested after a short chase and charged with driving while intoxicated as well as resisting arrest.
An East Hampton Town police officer watched as the blue Subaru drove on and off West Lake Drive, and stopped it at West Lake and Duryea Avenue. The driver, Christopher M. Forsberg, 40, displayed classic signs of intoxication, according to the police log, including a lack of coordination. Asked to perform the standard roadside sobriety tests, starting with walking seven steps, heel to toe, then pivoting, Mr. Forsberg was staggering so badly, the report said, that the officer stopped him, fearing for his safety.
A backup officer arrived, which is standard in potential D.W.I. cases: someone has to look after the defendant’s car after the arrest. But in Mr. Forsberg’s case, according to the report, the second officer had to help handcuff him. Once handcuffed, police said, he threw himself down, “kicking and rolling around on the ground” and refusing to get into the back of the patrol car.
Two more officers arrived, and the four of them wrestled Mr. Forsberg onto the back seat for the half-hour trip to police headquarters in Wainscott. Once there, according to the report, he began complaining of chest pains and “displaying psychotic behavior.”
Two officers then drove him to Southampton Hospital. There, police said, he at first consented to have his blood drawn for a drug and alcohol test, then refused to allow a nurse to do it, then agreed to have it done, “as long as it wouldn’t be used by the police.” After being cleared by the emergency room staff for release, he was taken back to headquarters and placed in a cell for the rest of the night.
Justice Catherine Cahill arraigned him the next morning on the two charges. Because Mr. Forsberg has a previous conviction for drunken driving within the past 10 years, the charge against him was raised to a class E felony. Due to his longtime roots in the Montauk community, he was released on $350 bail.
After his pickup truck ran into a tree on Church Lane and Accabonac Road in the early evening hours of Feb. 4, Manuel F. Chuya-Guaman, 40, of Springs was charged with D.W.I. An officer responding to a report of a crash found a 2003 GMC truck up against the tree, with Mr. Chuya-Guaman standing outside the cabin. The Springs Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services were already there, the police reported, with an E.M.T. helping Mr. Chuya-Guaman “stand upright so that he did not fall over.”
He told the officer he’d tried to turn left onto Church Lane, but “another vehicle was in his way.” She had him begin the sequence of sobriety tests, but finally had to tell him to stop and lean against the police car.
Back at headquarters, Mr. Chuya-Guaman was given an Intoxilyzer 5000 breath test. His blood-alcohol level was apparently .18 of 1 percent or higher, over twice the legal level, since he wound up charged with aggravated D.W.I.
His truck, which was totaled, was uninsured, according to the police, who said his registration had been suspended in November. That led to an additional charge, driving an uninsured vehicle. He was released the next morning on $350 bail.
After a 2001 Volvo being driven by Emma Bernier, 31, of Springs rear-ended a 2012 Chevy at the intersection of Springs-Fireplace Road and Harbor Boulevard at about 7 p.m. on Feb. 2, the result was the arrest of Ms. Bernier on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol, a lesser charge than drunken driving. However, she also faces a charge of driving without a license — that one a felony.
Ms. Bernier reportedly told town police she was adjusting her iPod at the time and took her eyes off the car in front, which happened to be braking to a stop. After the collision the Volvo reportedly drove off, but it returned while an officer was interviewing the Chevy driver. Ms. Bernier appeared intoxicated, the report said, and allegedly failed field sobriety tests.
A computer check revealed that Ms. Bernier was driving with a conditional license, police said, her regular license having been suspended following an aggravated D.W.I. conviction in 2009. This fact, in combination with the current alcohol-related charge, led to the felony charge.
She was taken to headquarters and released without bail several hours later, with a future date in court. Her car was impounded, under county law.
The driver of the Chevy was unhurt.