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Spent Night as Guest of Police

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 11:23

On Friday night as the holiday weekend began, a gray 2019 BMW was eastbound on Old Montauk Highway in Montauk, near Fir Lane, when it hit a parked Chevrolet, swerved into the oncoming lane, veered back onto the shoulder, and wound up in bushes by the roadside.

East Hampton Town officers said that the driver, Treva Winona Walden of Northport, 52, was uninjured but showed clear signs of intoxication and failed roadside sobriety tests, and spent the rest of the night as a guest of the police.

L.H. Castanedarivera of Riverdale, N.Y., was sitting in the white Chevrolet that was hit, and complained of neck pain but declined hospital transport. Both cars sustained considerable damage and were towed from the scene by Marshall & Sons of Montauk.

Ms. Walden was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor, after a blood-alcohol test at headquarters reportedly produced a reading of .18. It was her first run-in with the law. She appeared before East Hampton Town Justice Lisa R. Rana in the morning and was released on her own recognizance.

Jhonny Uzhca, 38, who was cited on June 20 for violating the Sag Harbor Village Code after police found water runoff from his pool flooding a nearby road, was arrested in the village last Thursday and charged this time with drunken driving. 

Police said he had driven his 2015 Ford van, with a “J U Carpentry” logo, into trees and bushes at 62 Milton Avenue, causing $5,000 worth of damage to Susan Taylor’s property. Police found the empty van, still running, with Mr. Uzhca’s wallet inside, plus one opened 12-pack of Stella Artois beer and two opened 6-packs.

Officers found Mr. Uzhca nearby, “wearing a J U Carpentry collared shirt” and “clearly intoxicated.” He admitted to driving the van, they said, and failed field sobriety tests. Charged with misdemeanor aggravated D.W.I., leaving the scene of an accident, and a traffic violation (failure to stop at a stop sign), he appeared in court the next morning before East Hampton Town Justice Steven Tekulsky, who freed him with a date to return to court in the near future.

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