Mother and Son Reunion in Court

       A mother and son had a reunion of sorts in East Hampton Justice Court Saturday morning as each was arraigned on misdemeanor charges.

       Police said a 17-year-old from Elmhurst was intoxicated when he was pulled over in Springs Friday night after passing another car on the narrow Three Mile Harbor-Hog Creek Road in a no-passing zone. The youth reportedly did not stop for some time even after an officer turned on his emergency lights, had trouble standing, and failed roadside sobriety tests.

       The sight of her son being put in handcuffs apparently enraged his mother, Mirian P. Quiguiri, who was sitting in the passenger seat, according to the police report and comments made in court the next morning. Neither mother nor son spoke English, but a court translator, Anna Kestler, was on hand.

       According to the police report, when Ms. Quiguiri realized her son was being arrested, “she became irate, and exited the front passenger seat, in an attempt to prevent the arrest.”

       “She was given several verbal commands by officers to stay in the vehicle,” the report reads, adding that the woman pushed an officer repeatedly, then began flailing her arms and kicking when she was told to put her arms behind her back.

       Ms. Quiguiri, who stands about five feet tall, was finally subdued, but not before allegedly kicking an officer in the shin. She was charged with two class A misdemeanors, resisting arrest and obstruction of governmental administration, as well as a violation-level charge of harassment.

       The mother and son, both in handcuffs, were taken to East Hampton Town police headquarters in Wainscott, where Ms. Quiguiri was placed in a woman’s holding cell while her son was taking a breath test. Initially, police said, he did not blow enough air to get a reading, but when warned that he would be recorded as having refused to take the test, he blew into the tube. His blood-alcohol content was .19, according to police, well over twice the legal limit, and the charge was raised to aggravated D.W.I. He was then locked up for the remainder of the night.

       In the morning, the pair were taken to the courthouse in separate patrol cars and seated next to each other on the defendants’ bench.

       Justice Lisa Rana arraigned the mother first, setting bail at $500. Ms. Quiguiri told the court her husband was on the way to East Hampton from Queens, and would post bail.

       The justice released the son, who said he was a student at International High School in Queens, without bail, cautioning him to be sure to show up for each and every court appearance.

       A Montauk man lost control of his car on Oct. 29 on Montauk Highway near the Amagansett I.G.A., crossing the road and smashing into an electric pole, which snapped in half. Two witnesses to the 7 p.m. accident told town police that William Quimby’s eastbound 2002 Chevrolet had been weaving across the road moments before.

       Mr. Quimby, 56, appeared to be under the influence of drugs, officers reported. He suffered a broken sternum, the report said, and told the ambulance crew that transported him to Southampton Hospital that he had pain in his knees. Montauk Highway was closed for several hours that night as LIPA repaired the downed pole and wires.

       The driver was treated at the hospital, released back into police custody, arraigned the next morning, and released on $500 bail.

       Two drivers arrested in separate incidents Sunday are facing multiple felony charges. Jaime O. Sanchez-Toledo, 29, who was pulled over east of the Montauk recycling center after allegedly crossing lane lines, had a blood-alcohol content of .14, according to police.

       In court Monday morning, he sat next to Jasmine E. Trent, 23, of East Patchogue. Justice Rana was still in her chamber, reviewing the arrest reports and the two defendants’ records. The handcuffed prisoners asked an officer guarding them what he thought their bail would be.

       Ms. Trent’s was probably going to be a few hundred dollars, he told her, but, he said to Mr. Sanchez-Toledo, “Your bail is probably going to be in the thousands.”


       “It’s a felony.”

       His words were prescient. Justice Rana set bail for Ms. Trent at $300. Then it was Mr. Sanchez-Toledo’s turn.

       “You had a prior D.W.I.,” the justice said. “You just got off probation in January.” She read out the charges. Because he was convicted in 2010 of misdemeanor D.W.I., the current two drunken driving charges are felonies. Typically, D.W.I. charges come in pairs, one based on the officer’s observation, the second on the breath test.

       A third felony charge against Mr. Sanchez-Toledo was for aggravated unlicensed operation.  His license had not been reinstated since his 2010 conviction.

       “A.D.A. Jim O’Rourke has requested bail be set at $25,000,” Justice Rana told the defendant. The amount seemed high, she said, but “this is a very serious case.” She set bail at $7,500 cash, “$2,500 for each felony.”

       “How much time do I have?” the man asked.

       “They will give you a couple of hours. That’s it.”

       Mr. Sanchez-Toledo, who came up with the bail money within the required time, then asked about his car.

       “The car was seized by the county, per county law,” said the officer.

       Another local man, brought into court the next morning, was hit with even higher bail. Pablo L. Estrada, 31, an Amagansett business owner, was arrested Sunday afternoon and charged with misdemeanor drunken driving. Trevor Darrell, a local attorney, stood to represent him during his Monday morning arraignment.

       Mr. Estrada’s alcohol level was reported to be .18, meaning he would be facing an elevated charge.

       “He’s had two priors,” Justice Rana said. “He had a charge in 2005 in Suffolk County court. Then he picked up another charge in 2006 in East Hampton.” After he pleaded guilty to a single D.W.I. charge, his license was revoked.

       Mr. Estrada now faces felony aggravated drunken driving charges, along with a felony charge of aggravated unlicensed driving. The county has seized his car.

       When it came to bail, Mr. Darrell told the court his client lived locally, owned a business, and had a child.

       “The court has some concerns here,” Justice Rana said. Maggie Bopp, a county assistant district attorney, had asked via phone that bail be set at $20,000.

       “Bail is in the amount of $8,000, cash,” the justice said.