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Charged With D.W.I., 'Escorted' Into a Police Car

Thu, 10/08/2020 - 12:01

Two traffic stops over the weekend ended badly for the drivers, both of whom were charged with driving while intoxicated.

East Hampton Town police said Elizabeth Damark of Springs, 31, whose 2016 BMW was clocked at 57 miles per hour at 11 p.m. Friday on Route 27 near Old Montauk Highway, Amagansett, in a 30-m.p.h. zone, faces a felony charge, because of two previous D.W.I. convictions within the past 10 years. Police said they saw her cross into the oncoming lane before accelerating, adding that she appeared intoxicated when asked to exit the car and performed poorly on roadside sobriety tests.

In her purse, they said, they found an orange prescription bottle with five white, square pills containing an as-yet-unidentified substance. They also reported finding pot in a Ziploc bag in the car's center console.

Ms. Damark pulled away when the officers attempted to handcuff her, they reported, and refused to walk to the marked police car when asked; she was eventually "escorted" into the back seat. Additionally charged with resisting arrest, she was held for the remainder of the night for a Saturday morning appearance before Justice Steven Tekulsky. She will return to court at a future date.

Jason McCarthy, 45, of Sagaponack was arrested at 1 a.m. on Sunday on Daniel's Hole Road in East Hampton. Police said his white 2011 Ferrari had crossed both lanes of traffic on Montauk Highway, leaving the highway just in time to avoid a car crash. Charged with misdemeanor drunken driving, a first offense, he too was held for the rest of the night, and appeared that morning before Justice Tekulsky.

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