Craig J. Dellavecchia, 33, of Bay Shore faces a felony charge of drunken driving after being arrested in Montauk early on the morning of Nov. 7. He was clocked at 47 miles per hour in a 30 m.p.h. zone on West Lake Drive near the docks, East Hampton Town police said.
When an officer activated his emergency lights, Mr. Dellavecchia pulled into a driveway on West Lake Drive and got out of the car. He was “highly agitated and refused to cooperate” when asked to perform sobriety tests, according to the arrest report. Back at headquarters he called a lawyer, after which he consented to take a breath test. The reported reading was .21 of one percent, well over the .18 that gives rise to a heightened aggravated D.W.I. charge.
His conviction for misdemeanor D.W.I. in 2007 brought the current charge to the felony level. Bail was set at $7,500, or $15,000 bond, and he was taken to the county jail, before being released the next day after posting the bond.
District Attorney Thomas Spota’s office obtained a felony indictment against Mr. Dellavecchia from a grand jury last Thursday. He will be re-arraigned in Suffolk County Criminal Court on Dec. 2.
An Amagansett man was arrested on misdemeanor aggravated drunken-driving charges and a felony Leandra’s Law charge on Sunday night. Leandra’s Law kicks in when there is a child in the car 15 or younger. Town police said one of the two passengers in Yly J. Gonzalez’s 1994 Jeep was his 14-year-old son.
Sunday night’s traffic stop, on Harbor Boulevard near President Street in Springs, was made, according to police, after Mr. Gonzalez repeatedly swerved across lane lines on Harbor Boulevard. He reportedly told police he was coming from a party on Three Mile Harbor Road and that he had had “one, maybe two beers.” Police said he failed roadside sobriety tests before being arrested. In addition to the other charges, he faces a misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of a child.
Mr. Gonzalez appeared stunned when East Hampton Town Justice Lisa Rana set bail the next morning at $5,000. He asked for a glass of water and wondered aloud who would take care of his son. Unable to post bail as of Tuesday afternoon, he was being held at the county jail in Yaphank. He is due back in court today.
A resident of the Oakview Highway trailer park in East Hampton, Vincente M. Paredes Encalada, 44, was charged with D.W.I. on the night of Nov. 10. He was said to have registered a reading of .15 on the stationhouse breath test, almost twice the legal limit. He was released the next day on $350 bail, with a future date in court.
Back in July, Jason B. Milius was charged with D.W.I. and a Leandra’s Law felony after town police spotted him on Route 114 talking on a cellphone while driving. There was a 7-year-old in the car at the time.
Mr. Milius spent a night in the county jail and posted $5,000 bail the next day. His blood test has since come back, showing, according to his attorney, Tad Scharfenberg, a blood-alcohol level of .05, well below the .08 line that triggers the D.W.I. charge. The charge has been reduced to driving while alcohol-impaired, a violation, and the Leandra’s Law charge has been dropped.