A man who recently moved with his girlfriend from their house in Springs to a campground at Hither Hills State Park in Montauk was on the move again Sunday morning, this time to the county jail.
Glenn A. Kittren, 42, was charged with driving while intoxicated early Sunday evening after his 1995 Nissan rear-ended an eastbound 2009 Mercedes-Benz on Montauk Highway just west of downtown Montauk, according to East Hampton Town police. Mr. Kittren told an officer the glare of the setting sun had blinded him, but the officer reported that the two cars were facing east, not west into the sun.
The man’s speech was slurred, police said, and he displayed other signs of intoxication, including poor balance. He failed field sobriety tests, including a roadside breath test, which the officer recorded at .22 of 1 percent blood-alcohol content. That level, if correct, would trigger a charge of aggravated D.W.I.
Back at police headquarters in Wainscott, Mr. Kittren agreed to take the stationhouse breath test, the Intoxilyzer 5000. While the roadside test result is not admissible in court, the stationhouse test is. The Intoxilyzer test produced a reading of .23.
At his arraignment the next morning in East Hampton Justice Court, Mr. Kittren told Justice Lisa Rana that although his license lists an Oakland, N.J., address, he had most recently been living on Copeces Lane before moving to Hither Hills.
Justice Rana was clearly troubled as she weighed the charges. Mr. Kittren and his girlfriend have appeared before her recently in a landlord-tenant matter.
“Have you found a place to move to?” the justice asked. The Hither Hills campgrounds close in a few weeks.
“No,” the handcuffed man said. He told her he was working as a driver.
“Your employment status is iffy now,” the justice answered. “You cannot drive.”
Weighing the amount of bail, she mused that “there are a few problems here. One, you don’t have steady employment. Two, you don’t have a permanent place of residence. Three, you have ties in New Jersey.”
She then turned to the defendant’s criminal history.
“It appears that you have a D.U.I. in Florida in 2009, and that there was a violation of probation. I’m not sure if Florida is going to act on that warrant.” Not only that, she said, but also the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office might decide to prosecute the current charge on the felony level.
“Bail is $1,000,” Justice Rana decided.
“I don’t have it,” said Mr. Kittren’s girlfriend, who was seated in the courtroom.
“Call everyone,” Mr. Kittren said to her, as he was led out.
He was able to post a $3,000 bond this week, according to officials.
There was only one drunken-driving arrest in town this past week. Raymond D. Leach of Springs, 43, was charged in the early morning hours of Sept. 4, and released later that morning on $250 bail.