A Springs woman is facing a felony charge of drunken driving after a reported hit-and-run accident that led to her arrest a little after midnight Friday.
Kathleen Rafferty was pulling out of the Wolfie’s Tavern parking lot on Fort Pond Boulevard in Springs when, according to a witness, her 2006 Subaru struck the front passenger door of a parked 1991 Lexus. The owner of the Lexus lives in Hampton Bays, according to East Hampton Town police.
The witness told police the Subaru drove away after the accident, which was reported at 11:31 p.m., and gave police the car’s license number.
About half an hour later, shortly after midnight, an officer sent to investigate found Ms. Rafferty behind the wheel of her parked car in her driveway, and reported that the woman got out of the car with the ignition key in her hand. The officer touched the car’s hood and reported that it was still warm.
After reportedly failing field sobriety tests, Ms. Rafferty was taken back to police headquarters in Wainscott, where police said she refused to take a breath test. She then complained of stomach pains, and was taken to Southampton Hospital, which released her back to police custody after treatment. Her car was seized, under a county law requiring seizure after a felony drunken-driving arrest.
“The D.A. is looking for $5,000 cash bail,” Justice Catherine Cahill said during Ms. Rafferty’s arraignment on Saturday morning. “Is it likely you will be able to post that?”
“No.” Ms. Rafferty told the court she was a restaurant worker.
Bail was initially set at $2,500, but was reduced to $1,250 after Justice Cahill spoke with Ms. Rafferty’s attorney, Robert Savage.
Afterward, outside the courthouse, Mr. Savage expressed concern with the length of time between the initial call to the police and when the officer first made contact with Ms. Rafferty.
A man who recently started a wholesale food business was arrested on a charge of aggravated drunken driving, a misdemeanor, early Saturday morning, as well as a felony charge of driving without a license. Unlicensed driving becomes a felony when combined with a charge of driving while intoxicated.
East Hampton Village police said Rickey Stewart’s red Ford pickup truck was tailgating and swerving across lane lines when they stopped it on Montauk Highway near Cove Hollow Road. Given his past record, it is possible that Mr. Stewart, 46, of Southampton could face a 10-year or even lifetime revocation of his New York State driving privileges, according to regulations put in place last September.
Later that morning, as he was being arraigned before Justice Cahill, he said he had had a client with him in the truck. “He was pretty much inebriated,” he told the justice. “I thought I was a better choice to drive.”
Mr. Stewart’s blood-alcohol level, as recorded at the stationhouse, was .19 of 1 percent, past the threshold that triggers an aggravated charge.
“The D.A. is looking for $25,000 bail,” the justice told him. As she tried to determine the amount that would ensure Mr. Stewart’s return to court, she reviewed his record.
“When was the last time you were arrested?” she asked.
“It was so long ago, I don’t even remember,” he answered.
“Apparently when you were young and foolish. You had an assault in 1991,” she said, noting that he also had a felony D.W.I. conviction in 1994.
Justice Cahill set bail at $1,500.
In Sag Harbor last weekend, the driver of a gold 2003 Jaguar was arrested after a series of collisions involving four other vehicles. He reportedly fled the scene after the first one.
Jude Camillone, 50, of Evanston, Ill., was said to have sideswiped three other cars on Madison Street. He reportedly told the arresting officer, “I took Adderall and Klonopin earlier, and I took Vicodin.”
Charged with driving with ability impaired by drugs, he reportedly refused at first to have his blood drawn for a drug test. The county sheriff’s office sent over a drug expert, and after speaking with him Mr. Camillone consented to the test. The results have not yet been released.
In other recent D.W.I. arrests, a 50-year-old Montauk man, Kirk J. Doerner, who reportedly blew through the stop sign on South Edison and South Elmwood in Montauk on June 18, was found with two open cans of Rolling Rock beer and a case of empties in the car according to town police.
Police said he refused to take the breath test at the station and then complained of pains. He was taken to Southampton Hospital and treated, but refused, police said, to sign the hospital’s release papers. Notwithstanding, police returned him headquarters to await arraignment.
Johnny Miller of Tampa, Fla., was charged with D.W.I. in Sag Harbor early last Thursday morning. He has a future date in court.
Last Thursday night saw the arrest in East Hampton Village, on the same charge, of Bernard B. Baxter, 61, of East Hampton. He was released the next morning without bail, but with an upcoming court date.
Early Friday morning town police charged Walid A. Ahmaaz, 27, of Brooklyn after pulling him over on Montauk Highway near West Lake Drive in Montauk. He was also charged with driving an unregistered and uninsured vehicle.
Carlos Guzman Dutasaca, 31, of East Hampton was charged on June 19; town police said they stopped him on Pantigo Road for speeding. He was released without bail.
Village police said they arrested Anthony M. Morello, 21, of the Bronx early Friday morning after stopping him on Montauk Highway near Cove Hollow Road for swerving onto the shoulder. Police said he “refused to call anyone” from the stationhouse, as was his right. He posted $300 bail in court the next morning.
A 32 year-old New York man who is working at a Bridgehampton restaurant for the season was arrested by village police on June 19. Dieter Antonio Harster was released without bail but with a future court date, on what is building to a tsunami wave of cases for this summer’s Justice Court docket.