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Drug Possession Charged

Thu, 05/23/2019 - 07:22

A resident of Accabonac Road, East Hampton, was arrested last Thursday afternoon on charges of drug possession.

East Hampton Village Police charged Chase Thompson Wintjen, 21, with three misdemeanors. Mr. Wintjen was approaching the end of a three-year probation sentence when he was arrested, according to statements he made during his arraignment Friday morning in East Hampton Town Justice Court. He was on probation after being convicted in a matter that was sealed by the court; he was 18 at the time.

Officials of the drug treatment program in which he was participating contacted his probation officer, reporting that Mr. Wintjen had failed a drug test. The blood work allegedly showed marijuana, cocaine, and an opium derivative in his system.

The probation officer went to the young man’s house and searched his room. After reportedly finding, in a desk drawer, 171/2 tablets of Adderall, for which he did not have a prescription, she called village police, who aided in the search. Elsewhere in the desk, officers said they then found, wrapped in foil, two tabs of lysergic diethylamide, commonly known as LSD. They said Mr. Wintjen was in possession of a tablet of Xanax as well.

“Not only do we know he has a prior,” Justice Tekulsky said to Colin Astarida, who was acting as Mr. Wintjen’s attorney for the arraignment, “but, he was given a chance, by being placed on probation.” He set bail at $3,000, which had not been posted as of yesterday morning. Mr. Wintjen, who was remanded to the county jail in Riverside, will be brought back to court today, where he will face Justice Lisa R. Rana, who sentenced him to begin with.

A trio of incidents classified as domestic violence brought police out over the three-day weekend.

On Sunday afternoon, village police arrested Ivan M. Bermeo Buestan, charging him with assaulting his girlfriend, who showed up in the courtroom during his arraignment Monday. Identified only as Monica, she was taken to see Justice Rana in her chambers, after which the justice granted her an order of protection, also covering her two children and her dog.

Mr. Buestan was released without bail, but with a future date on Justice Rana’s criminal calendar.

Also arraigned Monday was Skyler M. Boothe of Bridgehampton, 35, who was arrested Sunday night after an incident at a residence on Harbor View Avenue, East Hampton. East Hampton Town police said she had struck a man, identified in court as a former boyfriend, bloodying his nose and bringing on a charge of harassment. Of more consequence was a second charge, of having violated an order of protection. It was not clear from the redacted police report which order of protection was involved; two have been served on her in the last month.

Ms. Boothe, who stood crying before Justice Rana, complained that it was she who should have an order of protection against the ex-boyfriend. “He ripped my phone out,” she said. “He told me he was sorry. I believed him.”

Justice Rana explained that in order for her to issue such an order, a criminal complaint must be made. “I don’t care what he said to you,” she told the defendant. “I’m sorry, you are not using good judgment.” Bail was set at $750, which was posted.

Finally, town police arrested Katherine A. Hewitt, 56, on Monday, following a reported altercation with her husband, Jimmy Hewitt, at the Shagwong restaurant in Montauk, which Mr. Hewitt owns. There were two charges pressed against Ms. Hewitt: harassment, a simple violation, and felony contempt, for allegedly violating her husband’s standing order of protection against her.

It was the second time she has been arrested in recent weeks. The first charge, a misdemeanor, involved drinking alcohol at her house, which is barred by the order. This time, the police said, there was physical contact, leading to the felony charge.

She was released without having to post bail, but with a future date on the criminal calendar.

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