Christmas Crash, Cuffs

A Christmas-morning crash on Three Mile Harbor-Hog Creek Road in Springs resulted in a trip to Southampton Hospital for the driver, who was charged with misdemeanor driving while intoxicated.

According to East Hampton Town police, at about 8 a.m. that day, Christian F. Suarez-Polania of East Hampton, 27, lost control of his 1989 Jeep near the Shagwong Marina and hit a utility pole. Police leveled the charge after speaking with the driver at the scene, before releasing him for the trip to the hospital. He was released after treatment and is scheduled for arraignment next Thursday.

Another crash occurred on Montauk Highway near Lincoln Road in Montauk a little before 11 p.m. on Dec. 15, when Brandon S. Alexander of Glen Cove, 31, who was headed east, crossed the double yellow lines while trying to pass Amy Ruhle’s Toyota and sideswiped it. Police said he then sped off.

An officer on patrol pulled him over in the hamlet’s downtown area. “I’m sorry for hitting the car and leaving,” he told the officer, who, besides charging misdemeanor D.W.I., added several tickets for moving violations, including speeding, alleging that Mr. Alexander’s 2010 Ford had been moving at 75 miles per hour as it came down the hill toward Montauk. At headquarters, a breath test produced a reported reading of .14, well over the .08 number that defines intoxication.

Mr. Alexander was released the next morning without bail, but with a future date on East Hampton Town Justice Lisa Rana’s criminal calendar.

A Springs resident was similarly charged on the night of Dec. 11. Police said they stopped Julio M. Mejia-Guncay, 31, on Town Lane in Amagansett for speeding, and also charged him with several moving violations, including failing to signal a turn. At headquarters, they said, his breath test produced a .15 reading. Mr. Mejia-Guncay, who also faces a charge of unlicensed driving, was freed in the morning after posting $500 bail.

A Wainscott man was arrested not far from his home after a traffic stop on Montauk Highway on Dec. 18. Jacob C. Reams, 27, was driving a 2006 Chevrolet west when they saw him swerving repeatedly, police said. His breath test came in above .08. Mr. Reams, who was also cited for unauthorized possession of marijuana, was freed on bail of $500.

Christopher P. Montemorano, 29, of Montauk was arrested at about 10 p.m. on Dec. 14 after running a stop sign at Industrial Road and Edgemere Street there, and charged with misdemeanor drunken driving after failing roadside sobriety tests, according to police. Back at Wainscott headquarters, police said, he refused to take the breath test, causing Justice Rana to suspend his license for the next year, pending a hearing at the Department of Motor Vehicles.

He was released without bail following the morning arraignment, but with a date on Justice Rana’s criminal calendar.