East Hampton Village police arrested a New York man Sunday morning after he reportedly left the scene of an accident near Hook Mill. Ian Simpson Reisner, 45, faces several charges including driving with ability impaired by drugs.
According to Chief Gerard Larsen, Mr. Reisner was headed west at about 11 a.m. when he sideswiped a car parked on Pantigo Road near the windmill and drove away without stopping. Several witnesses called 911, and an officer caught up with the car at the nearby Schenk parking lot, though not before it chardstruck a sign near the entrance to the lot.
The officer found Mr. Reisner to be unsteady and slurring his speech. Roadside sobriety tests were administered, which police said he failed. He was taken to headquarters, where a breath test produced a reading of .06, too low for a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated but high enough for the drug-related misdemeanor charge.
Mr. Reisner refused to have his blood drawn, the chief said. A blood test is the only admissible way for a court to determine the level and type of drugs in the body.
Because he was arrested after East Hampton Justice Court had completed its Sunday arraignments, Mr. Reisner spent the next 20 hours in a holding cell at Cedar Street headquarters.
With his attorney, David Smith, by his side, he stood before Justice Lisa R. Rana, handcuffed, on Monday morning. She asked him his occupation.
"I'm a real estate developer in New York," he answered. Mr. Reisner is a founding partner in Parkview Development, which, according to its web site, focuses on luxury hotels and high-end residential structures in the city. Before he founded the company in 2003, he was a managing director at Salomon Brothers.
"I see you have a liquor license," the justice said. "I have a bar and nightclub in a hotel I own in New York," he replied, speaking of Out NYC, which opened in 2012 in Hell's Kitchen.
The court asked how often he came to East Hampton. "Five or six times each summer. My family owns a house in Water Mill."
"I'm going to have to set some bail. Five Hundred dollars," Justice Rana said. Mr. Smith posted the bail at headquarters, and Mr. Reisner was released, with a return date of June 19.
"Once the facts come out, we believe this will be resolved in a favorable manner," Mr. Smith said later, declining to further comment.