East Hampton Town police arrested two Springs men this past week on charges of driving while intoxicated.
Victor M. Lara-Agustin, 39, was stopped a little after midnight on Saturday after reportedly swerving across Fort Pond Boulevard in Springs. Police said he narrowly missed a utility pole as he turned onto Broadway Avenue.
He failed roadside sobriety tests, according to the report, and was taken back to headquarters in Wainscott, where his blood-alcohol content was said to be .20, well over twice the legal limit. He faces an elevated charge of aggravated misdemeanor D.W.I.
In court Sunday morning, Mr. Lara-Agustin told Justice Lisa Rana that he was from Guatemala, had been in this country for a little over a year, and had moved to his current residence from Florida in December. Speaking through a court interpreter, he seemed unaware of the gravity of the charge, and somewhat confused. He could not remember his cellphone number or the number of the friend he was with when arrested.
The justice explained that he was entitled to have an attorney present, or he could wait to hire one until his next court date. “I have no idea about this,” Mr. Lara-Augustin said. “About what?” Justice Rana asked. “About, like, calling an attorney,” he said.
Several times in the course of the arraignment he joked and laughed, until Justice Rana set the bail amount, $750. “Oh, my God,” he exclaimed.
“The police department will give you an opportunity to post the bail,” the justice said. “I’m going to make some phone calls,” Mr. Lara-Agustin replied.
Bail was posted at the police station later that morning.
Luis A. Pesantez-Quilambaqui, 28, was arrested at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday. Officers who pulled him over on Morrell Street near Abraham’s Path in East Hampton said he was having trouble staying in his lane. His alcohol level was said to be .14 back at headquarters.
The defendant, who comes from Cuenca, Ecuador, has lived on the East End for the past nine years, the last three in East Hampton, he told Justice Rana at his arraignment. Bail was set at $200, which was posted that day.