It was a Friday in June, the end of a second and final day in a criminal trial in East Hampton Justice Court. It had been a long day. The courthouse was now closed, except for the courtroom, where Justice Lisa Rana was presiding. A witness was being cross-examined.
A phone near the justice began to ring. She disconnected the call, sending it into voicemail. It rang again. Again she disconnected it. When it rang a third time, she picked up the phone and pulled out the wire connecting it to the wall.
The Sag Harbor man charged in June with drunken driving after his pickup truck collided with a car on Route 114, sending its occupants, a mother and son, to the hospital, was re-arraigned in criminal court in East Islip yesterday.