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Four Drivers Face D.W.I. Charges

Thu, 06/10/2021 - 08:11

East Hampton Town and Sag Harbor Village police levied misdemeanor drunken driving charges against four drivers over the last 11 days.

In Sag Harbor, Philip Apelles, 28, of Brooklyn, was stopped on May 28 at 2 a.m. at the intersection of Main Street and Long Island Avenue. Police said they stopped him for having only one working headlight and taillight on his 1985 Chevrolet pickup truck and for unsafely changing lanes. He was unsteady on his feet and refused a breath test, police said. He also refused a chemical test at headquarters three times, reportedly saying, "I don't trust the police." He was arraigned the next morning by Justice Lisa R. Rana.

Town police said that Justin Finney, 40, of Three Mile Harbor Road, East Hampton, was headed south on Cedar Street near Old Orchard Lane on May 30 around midnight when he drifted from the pavement and hit a street sign then a tree. An officer found him a short distance away from his 2003 Toyota. He seemed intoxicated, they said. Mr. Finney was held overnight and arraigned the next morning by Justice Rana.

Jeremy Kasma, 40, of East Hampton was similarly charged on June 1 around 10:30 p.m. when driving a 1998 Jeep on Stephen Hand's Path near Marion Lane. Police said the Scallop Avenue resident crossed over the southbound lane and hit a tree. They were able to find him standing near his vehicle. He was charged with a misdemeanor for allegedly having .18 of 1 percent or more alcohol in his blood. A previous arrest by Southampton Town Police in 2013 resulted in downgraded charges to driving while ability impaired, so his June 1 arrest by East Hampton Town Police was considered a first-time D.W.I.

About an hour later, Irina Thompson, 33, of Valley Street in Northwest Woods, was arrested on Town Lane near Abraham's Path. Town police accused her of driving 44 miles per hour, 14 miles per hour above the speed limit there, as well as failing to maintain her lane. Police said she had twice the legal blood-alcohol limit. Both Mr. Kasma and Ms. Thompson were arraigned the next morning at East Hampton Town Justice Court by Justice Rana.

This article has been updated since it first appeared in print.

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