D.W.I.: Stopped for Speeding, Charged

    The driver of a black 2006 BMW, Nelson G. Sanmartin Prado, 31, of Springs, was arrested on Abraham’s Path in East Hampton at 2:40 a.m. Sunday and charged with misdemeanor drunken driving. Back at the stationhouse East Hampton Town police lodged a more serious charge against him, of aggravated driving without a license, a felony.
    According to the report, the BMW was westbound at a speed of 53 miles per hour on a 30 m.p.h. stretch, and turned onto Springs-Fireplace Road without signaling. The officer who pulled him over asked the driver to step out of the car, which he did, but so unsteadily that the officer had to help him stand up straight. 
    Asked for his license, Mr. Sanmartin Prado handed over an Ecuadorean identification card. The officer ran it through the computer and learned, police said, that the man’s license had been suspended eight times, for reasons including failure to answer summonses, failure to pay a fine after a conviction for driving with ability impaired by alcohol, and for the alcohol-related conviction itself.
    A blood-alcohol test at police headquarters resulted in a reading just over the legal limit, police said. Mr. Sanmartin Prado spent the remainder of the night in custody before a morning arraignment in East Hampton Justice Court, where Justice Lisa Rana set bail at $2,000. Unable to post it, Mr. Sanmartin Prado was taken to county jail in Riverside. He was due back in court today.
    At about 2 a.m. Monday town police spotted a black 2000 Dodge pickup swerving over the center divider on Springs-Fireplace near Queens Lane and stopped Felix A. Serna-Quintero, 29, who lives about a mile away. He appeared intoxicated, with a “strong smell” of alcohol about him, and failed the field sobriety test before being taken back to the station, where, it appears from the redacted report, he had trouble taking the breath test.
    According to the police, his blood-alcohol content was recorded as .20 of one percent, more than twice the legal limit, and the charge against him was raised to aggravated driving while intoxicated.
    Justice Rana released him in the morning without bail due to his years in the community and the strong likelihood that he would return for his next day in court.
    Amy Lerner, 57, of Harbor Boulevard, Springs, was pulled over on Three Mile Harbor Road late Saturday night and arrested on a charge of D.W.I. She consented to take the breath test, which, according to police, produced a reading of .15, just under twice the legal limit. Justice Rana released her without bail the next morning and gave her a return court date of June 6.
    Damien A. Roman, 39, of East Hampton, was arrested on the same charge and the same road, Three Mile Harbor, near Boat Yard Drive at 1:30 a.m. on Friday. His 2012 Volkswagen was swerving repeatedly across lane lines, police said. Bail was set later that morning by Justice Catherine Cahill at $500.
    Gene E. Lamonda, 41, of East Hampton was doing 40 m.p.h. on Springs-Fireplace Road in a 30 m.p.h. zone when police pulled him over in the early morning hours of April 10. The report also noted that the rear license plate lights on his white work van were not working.
    Mr. Lamonda appeared to be tipsy to the officer, who had him perform roadside sobriety tests, which he reportedly failed. Back at the stationhouse he refused to take the Intoxilyzer breath test, leading to the immediate suspension of his driving privileges in the state.
    He was released without bail by Justice Catherine Cahill later that morning due to his local roots, and has a future date in court.