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A Fuel Truck and a Lincoln

Thu, 10/14/2021 - 09:55

A felony driving while intoxicated charge confronts a Wainscott man, who, police said, was under the influence of alcohol when they stopped him last Thursday in East Hampton.

Jose O. Guzman, 49, of South Breeze Drive was asleep in the driver’s seat of a 2003 Ford that police discovered stopped in the westbound lane of Tub Oarsman’s Road at about 3:40 in the afternoon. Police were able to rouse Mr. Guzman, who smelled of alcohol and appeared drunk. At headquarters, he registered above the legal limit on a breath test. Because Mr. Guzman had been convicted on drunken-driving charges in 2015 and again in 2018, he was arraigned on felony-aggravated D.W.I. and released after appearing in Justice Lisa R. Rana’s town courtroom.

Rafael Angel Mena was on Cedar Street in East Hampton on Oct. 5 when the 2019 Lincoln he was driving plowed into a Hampton Bays fuel company truck. Mr. Mena, 66, told police that he had no explanation for what had happened. The fuel truck driver, however, explained that he had backed it partway out of a driveway but stopped when he saw the Lincoln. It was to no avail, as the Lincoln sustained heavy front-end damage and had to be taken away by a Bonac Buy and Sell tow truck.

Mr. Mena of Eauclaire Street in Springs appeared to have been drinking before the crash and was charged with first-offense D.W.I., police said.

Early on Sunday, just before 4 a.m., Wilson G. Sanchez Briceno, 28, drove a Ford sedan through the intersection of Three Mile Harbor Road and Abraham’s Path and into a telephone pole. Police said he was intoxicated at the time and placed him under arrest on a misdemeanor D.W.I. charge. Town Justice Steven Tekulsky released him after a brief court appearance later in the day. Mr. Sanchez lives on Oakview Highway in East Hampton.

East Hampton Village police reported the arrest on Friday of a Springs man on a warrant for not paying a Justice Court fine from more than six years ago after he had pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated and not having a driver’s license. Juan Romero Garcia, 38, of Gardiner’s Lane was convicted in 2015 after he had been pulled over on suspicion of drunken driving on Pantigo Road; he was 31 at the time.


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