An East Hampton Town police officer responding to a call reporting a crash on Accabonac Road north of Jenny’s Path came upon a 2003 Land Rover in woods on the north side of the road that had hit several trees before coming to a stop. Checking the area, the officer spotted a man a block away who, upon questioning, acknowledged being the owner and driver of the vehicle.
James C. McLoughlin, 40, of East Hampton told the officer he’d lost control of the car. He appeared intoxicated to the officer, who asked him to perform the standard roadside sobriety tests, which check for balance, coordination, and coherency. Mr. McLoughlin reportedly failed and was arrested.
Back at the station house, he consented to take the Intoxilyzer 5000 breath test, the results of which are admissible in court. The police recorded Mr. McLoughlin’s results as .13 blood-alcohol content. The legal limit is .08. He was held overnight on a charge of driving while intoxicated and released the next morning without bail, due to his local roots, but with a future date with the justice system.
Guido L. Tapia, 41, of East Hampton was arrested Sunday afternoon and charged with aggravated drunken driving after reportedly being involved in a two-car collision at Cedar and North Main Streets. An officer responding to a report of an accident found both cars gone when he arrived, but a passer-by said the man involved had driven off in the direction of Three Mile Harbor Road. The officer went north, stopping when he spotted two cars in a driveway on Three Mile Harbor Road which had apparently just been in an accident.
After speaking to the two men, the officer had Mr. Tapia perform roadside sobriety tests, which he failed, leading to his arrest. At the station house, his blood-alcohol content was reported to be .22. Any reading over .18 leads to an aggravated charge of D.W.I.
A Springs man was arrested this past week on a felony charge of aggravated D.W.I., having been convicted of the same charge less than 10 years ago. Amador Carmona-Soto, 36, in a 2010 Ford, was swerving back and forth on Three Mile Harbor-Hog Creek Road at about 1 a.m. on Sunday morning, according to the arresting officer, who turned on his lights. According to the report, Mr. Carmona-Soto kept driving even after the officer turned on the siren. Police pursued the Ford onto Woodbine Drive, where it pulled into a driveway.
Besides displaying the classic signs of drunkenness, police said, Mr. Carmona-Soto refused to take the in-house breath test, resulting in the immediate suspension of his driving privileges by the State Department of Motor Vehicles, a separate process from the legal system.
Mr. Carmona-Soto was convicted of D.W.I. in 2003, leading to the felony charge.
A Springs woman was charged with drunken driving on Oct. 23. Alicia J. Murphy, 31, was driving in Amagansett on Main Street, about three hours after the hit-and-run incident that left an Amagansett man, John Judge, fatally injured. Police had closed the street and were conducting an intense investigation of the scene when a driver of another vehicle reported that the woman behind him was driving erratically. Ms. Murphy, driving a 2003 BMW, appeared to be tailgating the man, police said, and swerving across lane lines as well.
After being questioned and given sobriety tests, which she reportedly failed, she was taken to headquarters, where her blood-alcohol content was recorded by the police as .11.
She was released without bail, due to her roots in the community.