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Drivers Face Drug Charges

Thu, 08/05/2021 - 13:20

Drugs were allegedly involved in at least two arrests last week.

On the afternoon of July 28, East Hampton Town police stopped a 2009 Hyundai on Old Montauk Highway near Washington Street, saying they had spotted the car on the wrong side of the road. The driver, Jordan Oney, 26, of Deforest Road in Montauk, reportedly "overcorrected" by driving off the road, appeared intoxicated, and failed roadside sobriety tests. Police allegedly found a small white Ziploc bag containing cocaine on the driver's seat, and charged Mr. Oney with criminal possession of cocaine and aggravated drunken driving, misdemeanors. He was held for the rest of the day and overnight, and appeared in East Hampton Justice Court the next morning.

Also in Montauk, at around 3 a.m. the day before, Jonathan Bustoscuaya of Springs, 25, driving on Route 27 near South Fox Street, swerved into a 2011 Mercedes driven by Robert Baez, 30, of East Hampton. "I was driving the Escalade, I hit another car," Mr. Bustoscuaya reportedly told police, who found him lying down in a wooded area across the street. He was taken by Montauk ambulance to Stony Brook Southampton Hospital for bleeding to his elbow, and faces a misdemeanor charge of driving with ability impaired by drugs.

The other driver, Mr. Baez, was charged with aggravated unlicensed driving. Mr. Bustoscuaya was to have appeared in Justice Court this morning; Mr. Baez's court date is Aug. 11.

In Sag Harbor on July 28, after his black Ford hit a tree on Hampton Street, Scott Golden of Southampton, 52, told police he'd veered off the road after the car ahead of him stopped short. Officers, however, accused him of driving with ability impaired by drugs and/or alcohol, noting his "dilated pupils and difficulty staying awake." He was further charged with aggravated unlicensed driving in the first degree, a felony. He appeared in Sag Harbor Court the next morning.

Another arrest on Hampton Street, this time stemming from improper lane change, happened Friday night. Juan Ismale, 53, of Riverhead drove his Toyota Tacoma across the double yellow lines and into a 2013 Toyota driven by Chelsea Craddock, village police reported. Mr. Ismale, after performing poorly on the field test, complained of pain in his left leg, and E.M.T.s were called in, to check, but the injury did not warrant a trip to the hospital. Charged with misdemeanor drunken driving, unlicensed driving, and the lane change violations, he was arraigned the following morning.

Also on local roads last week, police responded to two accidents, neither one alcohol-related.

Town police reported that an unnamed witness stopped Jose Gomez-Duarte, 21, of Sag Harbor from leaving the scene of a three-car accident on Springs-Fireplace Road in East Hampton last Thursday morning. The witness told police Mr. Gomez-Duarte had driven into the oncoming lane, where his 2006 Pontiac hit a 2017 Mini Cooper driven by Joan Overlock, 67, of East Hampton. Ms. Overlock's car then hit a 2015 Honda driven by Lee Solomon, 64, of New York City.

Ms. Overlock, conscious, was taken by Amagansett ambulance to Stony Brook Southampton Hospital for severe bleeding from her head. An East Hampton ambulance transported Mr. Gomez-Duarte, who complained of minor elbow bleeding.

Eugene Klausman, 93, of Melbourne, Fla., was taken to the hospital by Montauk ambulance on Friday morning to be treated for pain to his elbow after he hit a 1987 Volkswagen driven by Jack Luber, 56, of East Hampton. Mr. Klausman told police he'd been stopped on Second House Road in Montauk, waiting to cross Montauk Highway, and as he did so the collision happened; he said he did not see Mr. Luber's car coming. Mr. Luber claimed Mr. Klausman had entered the road suddenly.

Two cars met up with deer during the week. One accident happened on Route 114 by Harness Lane in East Hampton on July 28 at around 9 p.m.; the other at 6:30 p.m. Saturday on Old Northwest Road near Marion Lane in Northwest.

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