Court Calendar Fills Up Fast

    The recent string of accidents caused by drunken drivers continued last week after a seven-day lull with two more incidents, landing one driver in jail and the other in the hospital.

    Francisco C. Quevedo, 44, of Springs lost control of his car on Three Mile Harbor-Hog Creek Road in Springs just before midnight Monday, as he approached Gann Road. The car struck a telephone pole hard enough to split it, and the car overturned.

    Mr. Quevedo, who was able to climb out of the car, declined medical assistance, the first officer to reach the scene reported, adding that he appeared to be intoxicated. He was said to have failed roadside sobriety tests, and was taken to East Hampton Town police headquarters on a charge of driving while intoxicated to await arraignment.

    Bail was set Tuesday morning at $350.

    The second driver, 22-year-old Luis F. Gutama, was arrested early Sunday morning on Three Mile Harbor Road in East Hampton. He was charged with felony D.W.I., meaning he has been convicted of drunken driving at least once in the past 10 years. The details of his arrest and apparent hospitalization have not been released, but he was freed from police custody with a ticket to appear in Justice Court on June 27 for arraignment, a step taken when someone needs to be hospitalized for injuries.

    An engineer on a boat docked in Three Mile Harbor was arrested in Montauk early Monday morning and charged with aggravated D.W.I. Town police said Jacques F. Sadie, 28, had a blood-alcohol content when arrested of .23, almost three times the legal limit.

    During his arraignment later that morning, East Hampton Town Justice Lisa Rana asked him whether anyone knew he had been arrested. His captain did, and was in the courtroom, ready to post the $500 bail set by the court.

    An East Elmhurst woman, Ashley A. Vargas-Bonilla, 22, was also arrested early Monday, on Red Dirt Road in Amagansett. Her alcohol level was a reported .09, one point over the limit. She told Justice Rana she works during the summer at a local hotel, as bail of $350 was being set.

    Robert Savage, an attorney, represented another allegedly intoxicated driver during Monday’s arraignments. James F. Whalen, 58, was pulled over on Montauk Highway Sunday night as he was leaving Montauk, and was ultimately charged with driving with ability impaired by drugs.

    “He came out for the day to fish,” Mr. Savage told Justice Rana, who set Mr. Whalen free without bail but with a future date in court, persuaded that he was not a flight risk due to his standing in his hometown of Huntington.

    A stopped car in the middle of the intersection of South Delray Road and Second House Road in Montauk at about 3 a.m. on Sunday led to the arrest of its driver, Greg V. Emmanuelidis, whose blood-alcohol content was said to be .17, just below the level that triggers a charge of aggravated drunken driving. Mr. Emmanuelidis told Justice Rana during his arraignment later that morning that he lives in the city, has a house in Montauk, and works in the banking industry. He was released without bail with a future court date.

    Town police said Andrea E. Tanella was pulled over after they saw her swerving across lane lines on Three Mile Harbor-Hand’s Creek Road, East Hampton, at 1:30 a.m. Sunday. Her alcohol level was reported at .11.

    She told the court later that morning that she lives in Brooklyn and has been traveling, but is now looking for employment. Justice Rana expressed concern that she might be a flight risk.

    “I’m finished traveling,” the woman told the justice, who answered, “I’m going to R.O.R. you. Don’t make me regret it.”
    R.O.R stands for released on own recognizance, meaning without bail.

    Another Brooklyn resident, Nicholas C. Ife, 27, was arrested early Saturday morning on West Lake Drive in Montauk. His alcohol level was reportedly .14.

    A Manorville man, Vincent J. Scheraldi, 43, was pulled over early Sunday for speeding on Main Street, according to East Hampton Village police. At his arraignment, he told Justice Rana, in answer to her inquiry about his previous addresses, that he used to be a golf pro but now builds cabinets.

    “I’m going to have you post a small amount of bail,” she said, setting it at $350. She also set an upcoming date during what is becoming a very busy summer calendar in East Hampton Town court.