Only two people were charged with drunken driving last week, one in East Hampton Town and one in the village, as sure a signal as falling leaves that summer has ended.
The driver of a vehicle with Illinois license plates was swerving badly, town police said, when he drew the attention of an officer on Springs-Fireplace Road in Springs on the afternoon of Sept. 16.
Angel N. Namina-Carchipulla, 35, appeared to be drunk when he was pulled over and spoken with on Old Fireplace Road, and he refused several times to submit to roadside breath tests.
Arrested on a charge of driving while intoxicated and taken to police headquarters in Wainscott, Mr. Namina, of Banks Court, East Hampton, agreed to a breath test there, which exceeded the legal blood-alcohol limit, police said. He was held overnight for arraignment the next morning in East Hampton Town Justice Court, where Justice Catherine A. Cahill released him on $350 bail.
Responding to a report of a possibly drunken driver in a white Kia, seen leaving Indians Wells Beach in Amagansett on Sept. 17 just before midnight, a village police officer spotted a vehicle matching that description crossing the double-yellow lines on Accabonac Road.
Police said that Dennis R. Ketcham, 30, of Central Islip smelled strongly of alcohol and slurred his speech while talking with the officer. Mr. Ketcham refused to submit to a field breath test, and was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving. He was held in the village lockup until the morning. Justice Cahill released him on $350 bail.