Five motorists were arrested over the weekend on charges of unlicensed operation, one of whom was found to have had his driving privileges suspended a total of 29 times over the last 13 years.
East Hampton Town police stopped the man, Rocco Panara of Wading River, 35, Friday morning on Route 114 near Swamp Road, after checking his white Ford Econoline cargo van for a possible suspended registration and finding such was indeed the case. Police said his record also showed failure to pay child support and a charge for drug possession. He is scheduled to appear in East Hampton Town Justice Court before Justice Lisa R. Rana tomorrow morning.
The charges against Carlos Segovia-Chacon of Springs, 36, also on Friday morning, include driving without a required Interlock device, which measures the driver's blood-alcohol content before the engine will turn over. Police stopped his 2004 Ford pickup truck on Accabonac Highway near Queen's Lane following a traffic infraction. He was released with instructions to appear in court on Sept. 30.
Sergio Salazar-Dominguez of East Hampton, 38, who was stopped at 3 a.m. Sunday, faces the same charges, unlicensed operation and lack of the mandated Interlock device. Police pulled over his 2019 Toyota on Montauk Highway, west of the village near Green Hollow Road, and gave him an appearance ticket to be in Justice Court on Wednesday.
A Bronx man, Wilkin Delossantos, 30, was the weekend's fourth allegedly unlicensed driver. His red 2020 Mazda was stopped at the intersection of West Lake Drive and Star Island Road in Montauk, and he was additionally served a violation after police reported finding marijuana under the driver's seat. He too has a Wednesday date in Justice Court.
East Hampton Village police arrested the fifth man, Luis Villegas of Hampton Bays, 47, on Saturday night, on Main Street by Dayton Lane, after his 2011 Chevrolet went through a red light on Newtown Lane. A computer check turned up an invalid license with five suspensions, police said. The Chevrolet was impounded; its owner is to appear in court on Wednesday.
One other arrest over the weekend happened on Friday night in Sag Harbor, where Yasmine Barnaby, a resident, was charged with criminal mischief with the intent to damage property. Sag police said she had hit two window screens several times, resulting in about $150 worth of repairs. Taken into custody at 2 a.m., she was held for a morning appearance before Justice Rana, who released her on her own recognizance. She will return to court at a future date.
First and Only
Juan Polania of Springs, 26, was charged on Saturday night with misdemeanor driving while intoxicated, his first such offense and the only drunken-driving arrest reported by East Hampton Town police during the week.
Police stopped Mr. Polania's white 2013 Ford on Springs-Fireplace Road near Hildreth Place after it reportedly crossed the double yellow lines and passed several vehicles. The driver failed all roadside sobriety tests, they said. He was held overnight for a morning appearance in East Hampton Town Justice Court before Justice Rana, who released him on his own recognizance with a future date in court.