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Speeding Stops Yield D.W.I. Arrests

Thu, 09/16/2021 - 06:48

Two drivers who police say were caught speeding last week wound up charged with drunken driving.

On Sept. 6 in Montauk, shortly before 1 a.m., East Hampton Town police clocked Logan T. Tuminelli at 80 miles per hour in a 30-m.p.h. zone on Main Street near Carl Fisher Plaza. Ms. Tuminelli, 24, of Oyster Bay failed a roadside sobriety test, police said, and was taken to headquarters, where she consented to a breath test, which showed her blood-alcohol content to be over the legal limit. Charged with two misdemeanor counts of D.W.I., she appeared in East Hampton Town Court later that morning before Justice Lisa R. Rana, and will return there on Oct. 7.

The night before in Sag Harbor, police flagged down Kimberly A. Schmidt of Southampton, 27, for driving at 50 in a 35 m.p.h. stretch of Hampton Street. An officer reported finding an open can of lime-flavored White Claw in the cup holder of her 2019 Toyota RAV4, and said she showed signs of drunkenness. Ms. Schmidt consented to a breath test but not to a blood test, according to the report. Charged with misdemeanor D.W.I. and two traffic infractions, speeding and having an open container of alcohol in a vehicle, she was taken to East Hampton Town police headquarters in Wainscott, where she spent the rest of the night. She was arraigned by Justice Rana later that day.

Early on Saturday morning, town police reportedly spotted Adrian Lucero-Pintado of East Hampton, 30, driving on the shoulder of Pantigo Road near Accabonac Road and then swerving into oncoming traffic. They followed him for some time before stopping him on Oakview Highway near Three Mile Harbor Road. After failing a field test, he was charged with first-offense D.W.I., a misdemeanor. Mr. Lucero-Pintado was arraigned later that morning by Justice Steven Tekulsky and is due back in court on Oct. 14.

Whitney P. Aliperti of Coram, 27, was arrested on the night of Sept. 7 after her 2021 Jeep pickup rolled over on its side, on Second House Road in Montauk near a curve by Dewey Place. Ms. Aliperti, who told police she couldn't navigate the turn safely, was taken by ambulance to Stony Brook Southampton Hospital for evaluation, though not before failing a roadside sobriety test, police said. She too was charged with first-offense drunken driving, and answered the charge the next morning before Justice Rana. She is to be back in court next Thursday.

Also on Sept. 6, on Northwest Landing Road near Swamp Road in East Hampton, police reported finding Joseph A. Hren IV asleep behind the wheel of a running car at around 3 a.m. An officer woke him up and said Mr. Hren, 19, of East Hampton, appeared intoxicated. He allegedly failed the routine field test and a breath test, and was charged with D.W.I. and aggravated D.W.I., the latter count indicating a blood-alcohol content of .18 of 1 percent or higher. He was arraigned by Justice Rana later that morning and is to return to court on Oct. 7.

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