Criminal charges against a Manhattan man who owns a house in Amagansett were dropped on March 2 in East Hampton Town Justice Court, based on a lack of sufficient evidence to justify the arrest.
East Hampton Town police had accused John L. DellaNoce, 33, of committing three crimes early on the morning of Dec. 27, 2015. However, his lawyer, Brian Lester, said on Monday that the complainant — a cabbie who told police another driver had backed into his taxi and then fled — did not identify Mr. DellaNoce at the time. Several weeks later, shown photos of different men, including Mr. DellaNoce, he failed to pick him out. Mr. Lester asked that the case be dismissed for that lack of evidence, and East Hampton Town Justice Steven Tekulsky agreed.
In an email to The Star last weekend, Mr. DellaNoce said the cab driver had damaged his vehicle, a 2015 Range Rover, not the other way round. Regarding a second charge of criminal mischief — the cabbie had asserted that Mr. DellaNoce struck the hood of his taxi with a golf club — he wrote, “”My golf clubs were in New Jersey at my club, where I store them all winter.”
Mr. DellaNoce had also been charged with resisting arrest. Since the court found no probable cause for arrest on the other two charges, there was, in effect, no arrest to resist.
Mr. DellaNoce questioned in his emails whether coverage of the incident in The Star somehow led to the charges. That story, dated Dec. 31, 2015, was based directly on conversations with the East Hampton Town Police Department. The arrest itself was documented in the department’s weekly release, dated Dec. 28, 2015, which lists a Dec. 27, 3:57 a.m. call from the cab driver, made from Amagansett Main Street, as well as Mr. DellaNoce’s arrest about a half-hour later.