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'Visibly Drunk' Driver Faces Felony Charge

Thu, 06/18/2020 - 18:01

The East Hampton Town police substation in Montauk received a call on the morning of June 10 reporting an erratic driver eastbound on Montauk Highway near South Eagle Street. Police found a white 2014 Mercedes-Benz traveling almost entirely on the eastbound shoulder of the highway, and pulled it over on South Edgemere Street.

The driver, Gerson Jonadab Ruz-Lol of Flanders, 28, was "visibly drunk," police reported, and failed all roadside sobriety tests. A computer check turned up a 2014 conviction in Southampton Justice Court for driving while intoxicated, and he was charged with felony D.W.I. as well as first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, also a felony. He was held for the rest of the day and night and arraigned the next morning before East Hampton Town Justice Steven Tekulsky, who released him to await a future date in Justice Court.

Saturday afternoon on Three Mile Harbor Road near Springy Banks Road in East Hampton, town police were watching as Omar Garcia-Coria of Springs, 30, began tailgating the car ahead of him and then drifted out of his lane. Pulled over and asked to exit his gray 2005 Ford, he appeared intoxicated and performed poorly on field sobriety tests. He was charged with misdemeanor-aggravated drunken driving, as his blood-alcohol content was reportedly well over the legal level. It was his first such alleged offense. Justice Tekulsky released him in the morning on his own recognizance.

The D.W.I. charge against Manuel Chillogalli Saturday afternoon was also on the felony level, as he was found to have a previous conviction for the offense within the past 10 years. A caller tipped off town police that a man was asleep behind the wheel of a gray Chevrolet with the engine running on Church Lane in Springs, and Mr. Chillogalli, after being awakened, failed the roadside tests, according to the report. He spent the rest of the day and night at the station, awaiting a morning arraignment before Justice Lisa R. Rana, who released him on his own recognizance with a future date in court.

Near Goodfriend Drive on Route 114 on Saturday evening, Aref Sobhani-Mahdabi of Brooklyn, 50, was headed for Sag Harbor in a 2017 Land Rover when Kaitlyn Kelly of East Hampton, driving a 1997 Ford, crashed into his vehicle head-on. Ms. Kelly told town police that a small animal, probably an opossum or raccoon, had jumped onto the road, causing her to swerve and hit the Land Rover. When police got her out of the vehicle, however, she "exhibited all signs of intoxication and did poorly on field sobriety tests."

Her air bag had activated, and after complaining of internal pain she was taken to Stony Brook Southampton Hospital by Sag Harbor volunteer ambulance. Charged with felony D.W.I. because of a previous conviction, she was to have appeared in East Hampton Justice Court this morning.

Tatiana Khyrotvska, 27, was in the front passenger seat of Mr. Sobhani-Mahdabi's car. Her air bag activated as well, and she was taken to the hospital by East Hampton ambulance to be treated for chest pain. The couple's 2-year-old daughter, in a car seat in back, was not hurt. Both cars were towed.

In Sag Harbor last Thursday night, village police found Sofia Fernandez Nava's gray 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee stuck in a hedgerow at 320 Main Street. The 22-year-old resident of Sag Harbor, who had sideswiped a parked car before winding up in the hedge, appeared intoxicated and reportedly did poorly on the roadside tests. She was driven to police headquarters, where she consented to a blood-alcohol test.

Charged with aggravated D.W.I., driving on a suspended license, lack of a valid inspection sticker, and a traffic infraction, she appeared before Justice Rana the next morning and was released to await a future date in court.

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