A woman took her husband’s 2003 Porsche for a Sunday night drive on April 21 and it ended up at the bottom of Napeague Harbor.
At about 10 that night East Hampton Town police got a call from Lazy Point near the main boat ramp reporting a woman screaming for help. When an officer arrived, Joann Hamilton, 57, was being helped out of the water by two people who had been walking nearby.
Ms. Hamilton, who gave an Amagansett post office box number as her address, had been driving a Porsche registered to Richard Hamilton, 62, of the same box number. She told police she had deliberately driven the car down the ramp, accelerating as she did so.
After being rescued from the cold water she was taken to Southampton Hospital for treatment. She appeared to be intoxicated, according to the officer who rode to the hospital with her in the Amagansett ambulance. After more than an hour had gone by, the officer reported, Ms. Hamilton still seemed to be in a drunken state, and he told her then that he was placing her under arrest. She agreed to have her blood drawn for an alcohol-level test, the results of which should be available when she is arraigned today in East Hampton Justice Court on the charge of driving while intoxicated.
Police searched in the dark for the submerged car, but called off the search due to chilly weather and choppy conditions. The town dive unit located the submerged car the next day and brought it back to the surface, with the help of the Suffolk County police aviation unit. Police impounded the now nonfunctioning Porsche.
Second time was definitely not a charm for a 51-year-old Northwest man, if he is found guilty of the D.W.I. charge leveled against him last Thursday night.
An officer responding to a report of a black Dodge pickup driving erratically on Swamp Road near Northwest Landing Road in East Hampton spotted a 1999 Ram truck that fit the description and began following it. According to police, when the driver, Scott V. Burke, saw the patrol car, he ran a stop sign at the intersection of Old Northwest and Swamp Roads, pulled into a driveway on Old Northwest Road, and hurried into the house.
When an officer approached the side door Mr. Burke came outside. He appeared to be intoxicated, according to the report, and was asked to perform sobriety tests, which he allegedly failed. When the officer ran Mr. Burke’s license through the computer he found it had been suspended or revoked six times since 2006, when Mr. Burke was convicted of drunken driving. His license is still invalid, police said.
He now faces two felony charges. Drunken driving is a felony if someone has a prior conviction over the preceding 10 years, and driving without a license while intoxicated is a felony as well.
Mr. Burke spent the remainder of the night in a cell at police headquarters. Bail was set the next day at $1,500.
Town police stopped a black 2009 Jaguar on Industrial Road in Montauk a little after midnight Friday, leading to the arrest of a 64-year-old Bayville woman, Lynne Alessi, who, according to the report, had been driving in the middle of the road, disregarding the double yellow line. Police said she had a lot of difficulty going through her wallet to find her license, and that she failed roadside sobriety tests. Bail was set at $350.
Also arraigned on Saturday was a man arrested earlier that morning on Springs-Fireplace Road, Roberto Contreras of East Hampton, 34. According to the report as read in court, Mr. Contreras’s blood-alcohol content was recorded at headquarters as .11 of 1 percent, above the legal limit of .08.
He was released without bail.
Police investigating a 4 p.m. accident on Springs-Fireplace near Abraham’s Path, East Hampton, found that a 2002 Mercedes had run into a 2002 Ford pickup parked on the side of the road. The 21-year-old driver of the Mercedes, Tyler R. Buckley of East Hampton, reportedly failed field sobriety tests.
Back at the stationhouse, police said, he refused to take the Intoxilyzer breath test. Because of that, Justice Catherine Cahill told him in court the next morning, his license was suspended; he will not be allowed to drive in New York State for one year.
A Wainscott man, Dermot Dolan, 51, was arrested at about 1 a.m. on Saturday and charged with D.W.I. following an accident near his Georgica Woods Lane residence. His BMW was towed to Balcuns Auto Repair in Amagansett, with visible front-end damage.
Mr. Dolan’s blood-alcohol content was reported in court later that morning to be .14. His attorney, Edward Burke Jr., told Justice Cahill that his client should be released without bail, noting that Mr. Dolan was the sole passenger in the car and that there were no injuries involved, and citing his long-time connections here. The justice agreed.
Matthew R. Gesa of Bellport, who told the court during his Sunday-morning arraignment that he was 22, was arrested at about 6 that morning and charged with aggravated D.W.I. The charge is leveled when someone’s blood-alcohol content is .18 or higher; Mr. Gesa’s level was reported to be .20.
He told Justice Cahill he had had a prior conviction, but that he was a minor at the time.
“Is it your intention to call your mother,?” Justice Cahill asked him, reminding him he faced an aggravated charge. She then set bail at $300. “I still want you to call your mother and make her aware of what happened,” she said.
Justice Cahill’s daughter, Alexis Kneubuehl, was seated in the back of the courtroom during the Sunday-morning arraignments, holding her 3-year-old son, Gavin. When the proceedings were over she took the toddler up to the bench. Asked whether he was going to be a newspaper reporter or an attorney when he grew up, young Mr. Kneubuehl grabbed his grandmother’s gavel, indicating that a future on the bench may be in the offing.