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D.W.I.: Who Would Drive?

Thu, 12/03/2020 - 12:59

In an otherwise quiet week for alcohol-related arrests, there were just two drivers found intoxicated on the roads.

At around 1 a.m. Saturday in Sag Harbor, James Maloney of East Hampton drew police attention while arguing with someone about who would drive his oddly parked 2020 BMW, which was impeding westbound traffic on Jermain Avenue. Police said they found Mr. Maloney in the driver's seat of the running car, visibly intoxicated, and asked him to perform roadside sobriety tests, which he reportedly could not finish after falling over.

After refusing to take a chemical test he was held for the remainder of the night, and appeared the next morning before East Hampton Town Justice Lisa R. Rana, who also sits in Sag Harbor Village Court, on charges of driving while intoxicated and refusal to submit to tests.

In Montauk on Friday afternoon, town police stopped a 2011 Honda after it ran a stop sign at South Euclid Avenue and Essex Street and charged the driver, Pedro Texis Atonal of Fairview Avenue in that hamlet, with aggravated D.W.I. after his blood-alcohol tests came in at more than twice the legal level. He was said to have admitted being intoxicated and was held until the following morning, when he appeared in town court before Justice Steven Tekulsky.

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