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Crossing Lines in the Dark

Thu, 01/27/2022 - 09:00

On Friday, in the middle of the night, Gabriel Butler, a 26-year-old East Hampton resident, was northbound in a 2005 Toyota on Old Northwest Road near Marion Lane, when, according to a nearby police officer, he crossed the double yellow lines multiple times.

The officer reported that the driver smelled strongly of alcohol, that his eyes were glassy, and that he performed poorly on field sobriety tests before being charged with misdemeanor driving while intoxicated. After taking a breath test, he was charged with a second misdemeanor, aggravated D.W.I. He faces a third such charge as well, of aggravated unlicensed driving.

Mr. Butler was held overnight for a morning arraignment before East Hampton Town Justice Lisa R. Rana, who released him on his own recognizance. He will be back in court on Feb. 17.

Michael Mallon of Coram, 51, was driving a 2021 Toyota pickup truck on Friday afternoon, southbound on Second House Road in Montauk, when he was pulled over on a suspected traffic infraction. The officer reported finding that Mr. Mallon was authorized to drive only a vehicle with an interlock device — a small, hand-held breathalyzer for car ignitions that keeps the car from starting if it senses the smell of alcohol. It turned out that the truck he was driving was not his own, and did not have an interlock device installed.

He was charged with two misdemeanors, one for the interlock issue and another involving second-degree unlicensed driving. He was released on his own recognizance after appearing in Justice Court, and is to return there on Feb. 16.

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