First-Time D.W.I. Offenders

There were two arrests last week on drunken-driving charges, both made by the East Hampton Town police.

Lee A. Grimes, 28, was pulled over early Saturday morning for failing to signal as she turned off Flamingo Avenue onto West Lake Drive in Montauk, police said. Ms. Grimes, a lifetime Montauk resident, reportedly failed roadside sobriety tests and refused to take the breath test back at police headquarters.

East Hampton Town Justice  Steven Tekulsky released her without bail at her arraignment a few hours later, citing her ties to the community and noting the presence in the courtroom of her father. “You’re very fortunate that your father is here to support you,” he said. “Not everybody is so lucky.”

Also arraigned on Saturday morning was a Wainscott man, Edgar Mauricio Campoverde Bueno, 22, who, like Ms. Grimes, had never been arrested before. Mr. Campoverde Bueno was stopped on Three Mile Harbor Road in East Hampton after swerving across lane lines, according to the report.

At headquarters, his breath test reportedly showed a blood-alcohol level of .15. The legal limit is .08.

Justice Tekulsky acknowledged the presence of the Mr. Campoverde Bueno’s mother, who was seated in the front row of the courtroom. He set bail of $200 and asked the defendant if he would be able to post it.

“Si,” the young man’s mother replied.

 “That’s your mom’s money,” the justice said. “If you don’t return to court, your mom is going to lose her money. That wouldn’t be fair.”

The defendant promised to be at his next scheduled court appearance, on April 24.