Sunday Night Hard on Cars, Trees, Drivers

A car burst into flames after it crashed into a tree on Northwest Road in East Hampton after midnight on Monday. Matthew T. Orlando of Amagansett was arrested on a drunken driving charge. Michael Heller

A driver was injured and his car destroyed when it burst into flames after hitting a tree in Northwest Woods shortly after midnight Sunday.

East Hampton firefighters were called to Northwest Road, just south of Alewife Brook Road near the “S-turn section of Northwest Road,” according to the Fire Department, at about 12:17 a.m., where they found a 2013 Subaru engulfed in flames. There was no sign of the driver.

As firefighters fought the blaze, East Hampton Town police found the driver, identified as Matthew T. Orlando, 26, of Amagansett, down the road. The East Hampton Village Ambulance Association treated him for unspecified injuries.

Police said Mr. Orlando appeared intoxicated, with a strong odor of alcohol on his breath, bloodshot eyes, and slurred speech. He was charged with driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor, at 12:38 a.m. and released with an appearance ticket after being treated at Southampton Hospital. He is scheduled for arraignment next Thursday.

While emergency responders were dealing with the Northwest Woods crash, a somewhat similar scenario was playing out in Sag Harbor, where Allan Alvarez of that village, 19, lost control of his car on Madison Street and hit a parked car, winding up on the front lawn at 102 Madison against a tree. Charged with drunken driving, he was taken to the Division Street police headquarters, where his blood-alcohol content was recorded at .15 of 1 percent, almost twice the legal limit.

In Sag Harbor Justice Court Monday morning, Justice Lisa R. Rana was waiting. Mr. Alvarez, who has been arrested multiple times over the past year on drug possession charges, has six open dockets in East Hampton Justice Court, all of them before Justice Rana, and 13 charges in all, at least two of which are felonies. He will now be on her calendar in both courts.

Bail was set at $2,500, which was eventually posted.

Yet another Sunday-night accident led to two more arrests on D.W.I. charges. According to police, Adrian P. Burmeo-Yupa, 19, was at a party with several friends, including Kleber H. Lucero-Vintimilla, in the basement of a Springs residence. Mr. Burmeo-Yupa borrowed the other man’s 2000 Dodge pickup truck. A few minutes later, there was the sound of a crash from nearby Florence Street.

Mr. Burmeo-Yupa, attempting to make the turn from Lincoln Avenue, had lost control, police said. The truck hopped onto a lawn and hit a tree.

Mr. Lucero-Vintimilla and other partygoers rushed to the scene, “He seemed a little drunk,” Mr. Lucero-Vintimilla later told police. Mr. Burmeo-Yupa got out of the truck, telling his friend he would pay for the damage, and Mr. Lucero-Vintimilla drove it away. The others all left the site.

At the same time, however, a witness to the crash called police. With property damage involved, officers began searching the area for those responsible. A couple of blocks away, police pulled over a 2001 Nissan driven by Diego Pillco-Villa, 23, who allegedly had an open bottle of Heineken beer in the center console cup holder. He was charged with D.W.I. and taken to headquarters in Wainscott, where his breath test reportedly produced a .14 reading.

Meanwhile, other officers tracked down the truck and arrested Mr. Burmeo-Yupa after taking statements from him and from Mr. Lucero-Vintimilla. “I was driving my friend’s red Dodge,” Mr. Burmeo-Yupa told an officer. “I got into an accident. I hit some trees, and left because I was scared.”

At headquarters, his breath test produced a reading of .23, police said, leading to an aggravated misdemeanor charge of D.W.I. Mr. Burmeo-Yupa posted $500 bail at his arraignment in the morning; Mr. Pillco-Villa, $250.

Sag Harbor police arrested Niall C. McMahon of East Hampton, 42, early Friday morning. An officer investigating an incident on Division Street was interviewing several bystanders, police said, when Mr. McMahon, driving a black 2013 BMW at a high rate of speed, slammed on his brakes, stopped by the group, rolled down his window, and offered to drive the group home. The officer switched his attention to Mr. McMahon, writing him tickets for speeding and driving without a seatbelt.

He was asked to step out of the car. He appeared intoxicated, the officer said, and failed roadside sobriety tests. At headquarters, a breath test reading of .23 raised the misdemeanor drunken-driving charge to the more serious aggravated level.

Mr. McMahon was released later that morning without bail, but with a slot on Justice Rana’s busy criminal calendar.

The highest Breathalyzer reading of the week, according to police, was recorded by a Northwest Woods woman, Doreen Tibbets, 61, whose 2009 Chevrolet, driving without headlights, was stopped Monday night on Abraham’s Path in East Hampton as it made a wide turn onto Springs-Fireplace Road. “I had one glass of wine,” she told the arresting officer, according to the police report.

Breath test results at headquarters are initially measured in three-digit decimal numbers, then rounded down to a two-digit decimal. Ms. Tibbets’s test allegedly produced a reading of .308. Had it been rounded up, to .31, the reading would have triggered an automatic trip to the hospital. Instead, with the number rounded down to .3, she spent the night in a holding cell, with police keeping a wary eye on her.

Justice Steven Tekulsky, noting that Ms. Tibbets is a longtime East Hampton resident, released her in the morning without bail, observing that she was not a flight risk but warning that if she missed any court appearances, bail would be revisited.

An eastbound 2014 Nissan X-Tera was clocked at 100 miles per hour on Montauk Highway in Amagansett a little after midnight Sept. 14, and Omar S. Hamilton, 40, of Montauk wound up charged with drunken driving. He was released later that morning without bail.

The night before, on the highway just west of Amagansett, town police stopped a 2014 Toyota driven by Mark E. Dombrowski of Montauk, 61, saying it was swerving across lane lines. Charged with driving under the influence of drugs, Mr. Dombrowski consented to have blood drawn at police headquarters. The sample was sent to the Suffolk County forensics unit; the results may be known by today, when he is scheduled to return to court.