A 2011 BMW led police on a high-speed chase at midnight last Saturday that ended in the arrest of the driver, Kyle B. Ballou, 23, of East Hampton, on multiple charges including drunken driving.
East Hampton Town police first spotted the BMW speeding west on Montauk Highway near Cove Hollow Road, crossing lane lines to pass cars ahead. An officer activated his lights and siren, but Mr. Ballou, after momentarily pulling off the road, turned around and sped off to the east, quickly exceeding 100 miles per hour, according to the report.
Village police joined in the chase as the car made a sharp turn off Woods Lane and onto Ocean Avenue, continuing down Lee Avenue, then turning onto Hedges Lane, and ultimately leading police onto back roads, north and west, through the town and village. Police said Mr. Ballou “blew through” a number of stop signs and red lights along the way.
An all-points bulletin alert went out to jurisdictions to the west, telling other local forces to be on the lookout.
Mr. Ballou eluded his pursuers at one point, but East Hampton police were able to identify the car and learned that his license had been suspended for failure to pay a fine. A town officer called him on his cellphone, telling him to stop and surrender, but he ignored the warning and kept going.
He was eventually spotted by Southampton Village officers, who chased him down and threw the book at him. He was charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, and fleeing a police officer. East Hampton police added additional reckless driving and fleeing an officer charges as well as numerous moving violations. The BMW was impounded in Southampton.
In other D.W.I. arrests, Gregory M. Simmons, 53, of Springs, driving a 2007 Honda on Three Mile Harbor Road near Copeces Lane in Springs, was reportedly swerving back and forth across the road at about 9 p.m. on Nov. 19 before being stopped by an officer. Police said he failed roadside sobriety tests.
Because Mr. Simmons has a previous drunken-driving conviction within the past 10 years, he faces a felony charge of D.W.I., which is a misdemeanor if it involves a first-time offense. East Hampton Town Justice Lisa R. Rana set bail the next at $2,000. The car was impounded, as required under county law for repeat offenders.
Timothy B. Briggs, 25, of East Hampton was charged with D.W.I. last Thursday at a little after one in the morning after being pulled over on Three Mile Harbor Road. Police said he had failed to dim his headlights for an oncoming car, which happed to be a police car on patrol. He reportedly failed field sobriety tests as well as a breath test. He was released without bail later that morning, due to his roots in the community, with a future date in court.
In an interview earlier this year, East Hampton Town Police Capt. Michael Sarlo said that failing to dim the brights for approaching cars is one of the classic signs of drunken driving.