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Alleged Drunken Driver Tried to Leave the Scene

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 19:44

In Noyac, a drunken driver struck multiple vehicles on a property on Highview Drive on March 18 and then tried to leave the scene, Southampton Town police said. 

Joseph Gallo, a 69-year-old who lives on Highview Drive, was found walking on the same street when police arrived just after 9 p.m. The property owner identified him as the person driving the 1996 Ford Mustang involved in the accident. Mr. Gallo performed poorly on field sobriety tests and was charged with misdemeanor driving while intoxicated. He was held overnight for arraignment and released on his own recognizance.

A 72-year-old Montauk woman was arrested on a drunken-driving charge after driving the wrong way in that hamlet on March 13. East Hampton Town police said Laraine A. Creegan was driving a 2018 Lexus south on Edgemere Street, straddling the northbound shoulder and northbound lane just after 9 p.m. She then turned onto South Euclid Avenue, where she went east in the westbound lane, and when she made a right turn onto Essex Street she crossed over the double yellow lines and then back across to the northbound lane onto the grass shoulder. 

When an officer spoke to her during the traffic stop, she appeared intoxicated and performed poorly on all field sobriety tests. She was charged with driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor, and held overnight. Town Justice Lisa R. Rana arraigned her the next day and released her on her own recognizance. 

Just after midnight on March 14, police arrested Christian A. Huanga-Sigua, 25, of East Hampton. He was reportedly swerving as he drove a 2005 Nissan Quest north on Springs-Fireplace Road in East Hampton and failed to make a proper turn onto Abraham's Path by turning into the westbound lane. Police said he overcorrected and drove onto the shoulder of the road before making a left-hand turn onto Birdie Lane, where he was pulled over. He appeared intoxicated and was eventually arrested on a misdemeanor D.W.I. charge.

He was arraigned later that morning before Justice Rana and released on his own recognizance. 

Jeffrey S. Peretz, 51, of Manhattan was also arrested on a drunken-driving charge on the night of March 14. East Hampton Village police charged him with misdemeanor D.W.I. and several traffic infractions at about 8:40 p.m. after he was pulled over in his 2016 Ford F-150. No further information was released.

Town police made two drunken-driving arrests on Friday night and early Saturday morning, but the information was not immediately available. 

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