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They Got the License Plate

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 12:17

A Springs man stands charged with drunken driving and reckless endangerment this week, accused of running into two people in their driveway on Sunday evening.

East Hampton Town police said Jason Lee Glasstein, 48, who lives on Lincoln Avenue, pulled his 2018 Toyota pickup truck into a nearby driveway on Broadway and then tried to back out, but struck a gate. He began to drive away, but Andrew J. Edwards and Janet M. Edwards, the homeowners, confronted him just as he was making a U-turn in the driveway.

The couple told police that Mr. Glasstein accelerated the car and struck them both. Mr. Edwards, 45, and Ms. Edwards, 53, fell to the ground. Mr. Glasstein drove away, though not before they were able to get his license plate number. They called 911 at 5:12 p.m.

Ms. Edwards complained of pain in her hip and upper leg, but declined a trip to the hospital, according to an accident report. Mr. Edwards was not reported injured.

 Police went to Mr. Glasstein's house a short time later and found him standing in his garage. Detectives said he

admitted being drunk. He was charged with driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor; reckless endangerment in the second degree, also a misdemeanor; leaving the scene of an accident, a violation, and second-degree harassment, also a violation. He was held overnight for a Monday-morning arraignment before East Hampton Town Justice Steven Tekulsky, who released him on his own recognizance.

An 18-year-old from Springs was charged with D.W.I. in the early morning hours of Saturday after leading police on a brief high-speed chase. Officer Robert P. Greene reported that the driver of a northbound 2012 Kia on Springs-Fireplace Road had failed to signal a right turn onto Church Lane and then accelerated, “traveling at a speed unreasonable and imprudent.” The officer turned on his lights and sirens at 3:42 a.m., but the driver did not stop, instead hitting the gas.

The Kia continued north on Hollyoak Avenue, where the driver lives, before turning east to Hildreth Place, then south on Accabonac Road, passing multiple stop signs as it went and “continuing to travel at a high rate of speed and failing to maintain his lane of travel by crossing into the oncoming lane multiple times, including curved portions of the roadway where the view of oncoming traffic was limited,” Officer Greene reported.

At the intersection of Accabonac Road and Floyd Street, the car struck shrubbery and a fence, and stopped. When the officer confronted the driver, he wrote, the driver appeared intoxicated, but not injured. He reportedly performed poorly on all field sobriety tests, and was arrested at 4:03 a.m.

The driver, whose name was withheld because he is eligible for youthful offender status, was charged with three misdemeanors: D.W.I., unlawfully fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, and reckless driving. He was released on his own recognizance following arraignment.

Last Thursday at about 2:15 a.m., a Wainscott resident was accused of driving with a blood-alcohol content more than twice the legal limit. Polivio B. Pintado-Pizarro, 30, was driving a 2005 Ford west on Montauk Highway near Bucks­kill Road, when an officer saw the vehicle drift onto the road shoulder, pulled him over, and reported that he showed signs of intoxication. Charged with aggravated D.W.I., he was arraigned later on Thanksgiving morning. Justice Tekulsky released him on his own recognizance.

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