ROADS Amagansett Crash Leads to D.W.I. Charge

A wet road and an allegedly drunken driver resulted in a car crashing into an iron fence opposite the East End Cemetery in Amagansett last week. T.E. McMorrow

    An East Hampton Town police officer was headed west on rain-slickened Amagansett Main Street at about 8 p.m. on Jan. 28 when he saw an eastbound car turn onto Atlantic Avenue, followed by the sound of a crash.
    The officer made a quick U-turn and found a 2004 Ford smashed into an old iron fence across the street from the East End Cemetery. According to the police report, the Ford apparently hopped onto a triangular island divider at the head of Atlantic Avenue before crashing through a “Do Not Enter” sign, and continued across the street before colliding with the fence. The impact bowed the fence several feet inward.
    Police said Elena Rando of Montauk, two days shy of her 57th birthday, who was behind the wheel, could not remember how the accident happened. The officer noted the smell of alcohol and had Ms. Rando take roadside sobriety tests, which she reportedly failed.
    Unhurt in the crash, she spent the remainder of the night at headquarters, where she apparently consented to take an Intoxilyzer test. Afterward, the charge against her was raised to aggravated D.W.I., indicating that her blood-alcohol content was at least .18 of 1 percent, the level which triggers such a charge.
    Because of her long-time roots in the community she was released without bail the next day, with a court date in her future.
    The driver of a four-door sedan who failed to dim its headlights for an oncoming town police car, then led that car on an erratic chase, was similarly charged at about midnight last Thursday. An officer was eastbound on Cedar Street when Geovanny Yugsi-Cepeda, 25, of East Hampton passed him, headlights glaring, at about 20 miles per hour, headed west. When the patrol car turned to follow him, Mr. Yugsi-Cepeda reportedly sped up. The officer caught up with him about a quarter-mile later, at the light at Route 114 and Stephen Hand’s Path, and followed the sedan along Cove Hollow Road toward Montauk Highway, noting that it was swerving, then slowing, then speeding up. The officer also reported smelling the burning scent created when a driver slams on the brakes.
    Mr. Yugsi-Cepeda finally pulled over in front of the state highway department barn near Cove Hollow Road. He was charged with D.W.I. after allegedly failing all field sobriety tests and taken back to headquarters to be given a breath test, after which the charge against him was raised to aggravated D.W.I.
    East Hampton Town Justice Lisa Rana released Mr. Yugsi-Cepeda without bail in the morning. He will be back in court at a future date.
    Another motorist who did not dim her headlights for an oncoming car — which, again, happened to be a town police car — was stopped at 3:30 a.m. on Saturday on Montauk Highway near Accabonac Road in East Hampton.
    Susanne J. Ryan, 61, of Northwest Woods, East Hampton, was swerving back and forth across the lane markings when the officer made a U-turn and pulled her over. She reportedly had difficulty keeping her balance even before taking the standard field sobriety tests, which she reportedly failed. She refused to take the roadside breath test, police said, and was brought back to headquarters, charged with drunken driving. Bail was set later that morning at $350.
    East Hampton Village police spotted a 1998 Chevy pickup truck being driven erratically down Gingerbread Lane late in the evening on Superbowl Sunday and wound up arresting Edgar R. Pinos Morocho, 39, of East Hampton, on a charge of D.W.I., along with three violations including driving without a license.
    Mr. Pinos Morocho was swerving across the double yellow line when he was stopped, police said, and displayed classic signs of intoxication before failing roadside sobriety tests. He was taken to village police headquarters on Cedar Street, where his blood-alcohol content was recorded at over the legal limit. Justice Catherine Cahill released him in the morning on $350 bail.
    An unilluminated license plate led to the arrest on a D.W.I. charge of a Wainscott woman on the night of Jan. 29.
    Heidi A. Kulp, 43, was pulled over near Second House Road in Montauk at about 9 p.m. when an officer noticed that the light over her rear license plate was not working, which is a violation. Thinking she might be intoxicated, the officer had her perform the standard field tests, which she reportedly failed.
    Twenty minutes before being stopped, according to a separatre police report, Ms. Kulp had called police to complain of “harassing text messages.” Another officer had interviewed her in Montauk regarding the messages, which were in apparent violation of an order of protection issued by Justice Rana on Jan. 8.
    She was released without bail in the morning, but with a future court date.


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