Drink-Linked Crashes Up

    Last week, for the eighth straight week, there were automobile accidents on local roads that resulted in charges of driving while intoxicated. There have been 13 such alcohol-related accidents since April 19, with at least three people hospitalized.
    There were two such arrests last week. The first, just after midnight on May 28, led to a felony charge of D.W.I.
    A report of an accident brought East Hampton Town police to a driveway on Winding Way in Barnes Landing, where they found that a 2006 Ford with Florida plates had sideswiped a 2005 Volvo parked in the driveway. Uranus G. Mayton, the driver of the Ford and a resident of the house, was standing beside his car when officers arrived.
    Police, saying he appeared intoxicated, administered roadside sobriety tests, which he reportedly failed. He was taken to headquarters in Wainscott, where he refused to submit to the station-house breath test.
    Because Mr. Mayton was convicted of D.W.I. in 2008, in Southampton, the charge lodged against him on May 29 is at the felony level. As a result, his car was seized by Suffolk County.
    Justice Lisa Rana set Mr. Mayton’s bail at $3,500 later that morning. Unable to meet bail, he was taken to county jail in Riverhead, where he remained for five days. On Monday, the office of the county district attorney, having failed to obtain a grand jury indictment, brought him back to East Hampton Justice Court, where Justice Rana ordered him set free.
    The state penal code requires that a grand jury indict someone being held in jail on a felony charge within five days, or six if the arrest occurs on a weekend. A spokesman for County District Attorney Thomas Spota did not return a call on Tuesday as to when or if Mr. Mayton would be indicted.
    A 2005 Hyundai crashed into a retaining wall on Navy Road just off of Industrial Road in Montauk, a few minutes before midnight Saturday, leading to a trip to jail for the driver and a trip to the hospital for his passenger. Town police said they spotted several cans of Budweiser in and around the vehicle.
    The driver, Trevor J. Lecaros, 24, of Islip was standing next to the car, apparently unhurt, when officers arrived. While one officer spoke with Mr. Lecaros, another spoke with two men standing nearby, both of whom identified him as the driver.
    His passenger, Alexander Mundo, complained of head pains and “minor bleeding,” and was taken to Southampton Hospital for observation and treatment. Mr. Lecaros, meanwhile, failed sobriety tests and was charged with drunken driving. Back at headquarters his blood-alcohol content was reported to be .16, twice the legal limit.
    Bail was set Sunday morning at $500.
    On Monday morning Kaci E. Koehne, 20, of Sag Harbor was arraigned before Justice Rana on a D.W.I. charge, a few hours after her arrest. She reportedly consented to a breath test at the station, which was recorded as .10.
    Ms. Koehne’s mother was in the court, as was her attorney, Brian DeSesa of Edward Burke Jr. and Associates. Mr. DeSesa told the justice that his client was a university student who was working for the summer in a local restaurant.
She was not a flight risk, he said, and Justice Rana agreed, releasing the young woman without bail. She is due back in court today.
    Stephen J. Manzano, 48, of White Plains, N.Y., was arrested by East Hampton Village police at 3 a.m. on Saturday after being pulled over at the Buell Lane-Main Street corner. His blood-alcohol level was said to be .14.
    He was released without bail.