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Charged in Midnight Stop

Thu, 05/23/2019 - 07:23

A Springs man is facing multiple felony counts after East Hampton Town police arrested him Sunday at about midnight on charges of driving while intoxicated.

Officers said they stopped Luis G. Vizhany-Cardenas, 41, on North Main Street, East Hampton, for swerving repeatedly into the oncoming lane. His blood-alcohol content was recorded at .09 of 1 percent, just over the legal limit.

A 2007 conviction for drunken driving, stemming from an incident in Westchester County, elevated the charge to the felony level. Records showed that his driving privileges had never been restored after that conviction, and he was additionally charged with felony unlicensed driving.

Bail was set Monday morning at $5,000, which was posted.

The arrest of a 27-year-old East Hampton man early Sunday morning followed a crash on Amagansett’s Main Street. Alex M. Naranjo, in a 2004 Volvo with a female friend from Germany in the passenger seat, was making a hard right from Hedges Lane onto Main, police said, but turned instead into the parking lane. The Volvo hit the rear of a 2011 Toyota with enough force to send it into the rear of the car ahead, a 2002 Ford.

Neither Mr. Naranjo nor the woman was hurt. Police, believing the driver was intoxicated, had him perform roadside sobriety tests, after which he was placed under arrest.

Because a new Intoxilyzer 9000 breath test machine at town police headquarters in Wainscott was not working that morning, the defendant was taken to the village police station on Cedar Street to be tested. He reportedly recorded a reading of .08, the lowest that sustains the D.W.I. charge.

As he sat handcuffed in East Hampton Justice Court for his arraignment later that morning, his passenger entered the courtroom, followed by an older man. “Have you met my stepfather?” Mr. Naranjo asked the woman. “I met your whole family,” she replied.

Bail was set at $500, which was posted.

A Virginia man driving a 1994 Honda spent Sunday night in a holding cell after reportedly forcing a patrol car off Daniel’s Hole Road onto the shoulder. The officer pursued the Honda and caught up with it on Georgica Woods Lane. The driver, Jorge Antonio Rosas Romero, 44, faces several misdemeanor charges, including drunken driving, unlicensed driving, reckless driving, and false personation, in that he told officers his name was Lewis Capachino Ancala when first questioned. “I had some trouble with the police in Florida,” he reportedly said later in explanation.

Bail was set at $750 the next morning and was posted.

James C. Darenberg, 27, of Montauk, who was arrested early Friday morning, recorded .10 on his Breathalyzer test. A lifetime East Hampton Town resident, he was released without bail, but with a future date in court.

Craig E. Robertson, 52, of Montauk was arrested Friday night. He told the arresting officer he had had “a couple of shots of tequila and I didn’t eat anything all day,” according to the report. At headquarters, after speaking by phone with an attorney, he refused to take the breath test, meaning that his license was automatically suspended.

He was released without bail the next morning.


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