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Under Age in Flipped Minivan

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 11:32

An under-age man was arrested on a driving while intoxicated charge after flipping the minivan he was driving in Amagansett on Friday night. East Hampton Town police said Michael Gabriel Pina-Barros, who is 20 and lives in East Hampton, struck an embankment on Stony Hill Road east of Accabonac Road while traveling west in a 2001 Honda Odyssey at about 7:10 p.m. The minivan landed on its roof.

He told police that he had swerved to avoid a pothole in the road and then swerved again to avoid a tree, turning the Honda over. It came to rest in the middle of the road.

Mr. Pina-Barros, who was alone in the car and not hurt, appeared to be drunk, police said. He was arrested on a misdemeanor D.W.I. charge at 7:30 p.m. and held overnight for arraignment in East Hampton Town Justice Court on Saturday morning. Justice Lisa R. Rana released him on his own recognizance.

Jose L. Rodezno, 52, of Riverhead was pulled over for speeding on Cedar Street near Hand’s Creek Road in East Hampton and found to be driving while intoxicated on July 8 at about 7:25 a.m., police said. According to a report, he was behind the wheel of a 2002 Infinity going 54 miles per hour in a 30-m.p.h. zone. There was an open 24-ounce can of Coors Light beer in the cupholder in the center console, and Mr. Rodezno appeared to be intoxicated, according to police.

He was charged with aggravated D.W.I., as police said his blood alcohol level was above .18. He was held throughout the day and overnight. Justice Steven Tekulsky arraigned him on July 9 and released him on his own recognizance.

Rafael Enrique Alvarez, 25, of Miami was stopped in Montauk last Thursday just before 1 a.m., when he was driving without headlights, police said. Police also said he had failed to signal and did not use the designated lane of travel while heading east on Industrial Road near Edgemere Street in a 2000 Mercedes with Florida license plates before an officer pulled him over at 12:51 a.m. He appeared to be intoxicated and performed poorly on field sobriety tests, according to the report. Justice Tekulsky released him on $250 bail.

Troy E. Lupinacci, 40, of Orlando, Fla., was arrested on a drunken-driving charge on July 5. He was driving a 2017 Nissan west on Montauk Highway near Ocean Avenue when police said they saw him fail to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk at about 6:40 p.m. Police said he appeared to be drunk.

Mr. Lupinacci was arrested 20 minutes later and charged with aggravated D.W.I., a misdemeanor, as his blood alcohol level was reportedly above .18. He was held overnight for arraignment. Justice Rana released him on his own recognizance the next day.

In Sag Harbor, Ramunas Lauzadis, 55, of Riverhead was arrested on a misdemeanor D.W.I. charge on July 8 around 8:45 p.m. Police said he was traveling south on Main Street with a suspended registration, which police knew because they used a license plate reader, a report said. He was pulled over at the intersection of Nassau and Main Streets, and police said he appeared intoxicated. He was held overnight for arraignment.

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