Felon Gave Police False ID

After being arrested Saturday night, Robert Dozier of Mastic, who has five prior felony convictions, was charged by East Hampton Town police with drunken driving as a felony and is being held in county jail, not eligible for bail. T.E. McMorrow

A Mastic man with a long criminal history, including three recent felony convictions for driving while intoxicated, is back behind bars on multiple charges this week after being pulled over in Wainscott Saturday night for speeding.

East Hampton Town police said Robert Dozier’s 2001 Lincoln was not only speeding but crossing the median lines to pass cars. He was stopped near Wainscott Stone Road a little after 9 p.m., and failed roadside sobriety tests, according to the report.

Mr. Dozier, 53, has at least five felony convictions on his record, three of which, occurring between 2013 and 2014, were for drunken driving. In 1988 he was convicted of attempted robbery and served four years in state prison; in 1995 he served another four years for attempted assault.

He reportedly handed the arresting officer identification for a George Dozier, aged six years younger than Robert Dozier. Police said they learned his true identity after he was taken to headquarters, where he refused to take the breath test. “I lied about my name and birthday,” he told them. “I’m sorry.” 

His driver’s license has been suspended at least three times following the D.W.I. convictions. In addition to the D.W.I. and unlicensed driving charges, both felonies, he was charged with false personation, a misdemeanor, and numerous moving violations. 

In court Sunday morning, East Hampton Town Justice Steven Tekulsky told the defendant that in view of his record, the court could not, under state law, set bail. That can happen only at the county level, if and when the district attorney’s office obtains a grand jury indictment, Justice Tekulsky said. If he is not indicted by tomorrow, Mr. Dozier will be released. 

He described himself to the court as “an addict,” and asked if he could get medication in jail. Justice Tekulsky told him that the jail would be informed of his medical situation. Mr. Dozier will be brought back to East Hampton today to meet with a Legal Aid Society lawyer and learn whether an indictment is in the offing.

Speeding also led to the arrest of Andrew S. Doran, 26, of East Hampton early last Thursday morning. Police said they had clocked his 2011 Mazda at 80 miles per hour on Route 114 when he veered into the oncoming lane. Coming right at him was a town police patrol car. 

The officer “had to steer off the roadway to avoid a head-on collision,” according to his report. He turned around and followed as Mr. Doran accelerated to 90 m.p.h., before turning sharply onto Hilltop Lane and then into a driveway. He reported seeing numerous open alcohol containers in the Mazda.

“I had three Clam Rakes and two Budweisers. I’m not going to lie to you,” Mr. Doran told him. 

Charged with aggravated D.W.I. after a headquarters breath test returned a reading of .18, he was released by Justice Lisa R. Rana later that morning without bail, in consideration of his local ties, but with a future date on her criminal calendar.