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Unpaid Fines, Impounded Car

Thu, 02/17/2022 - 11:23

Sag Harbor Village police were enforcing the 20-mile-per-hour speed zone in front of the elementary school last Thursday morning when, they reported, a green 2004 Nissan Sentra whizzed by at 34 m.p.h.

They stopped the car, driven by 38-year-old Brenden Toomey of Rocky Point, on Route 114 south of Clinton Street. A computer check revealed that Mr. Toomey’s driving privileges had been revoked over 15 years ago, following an arrest for driving while intoxicated. In 2009, according to the police report, his license was suspended for “unsatisfied judgment,” meaning he had failed to pay court-ordered fines.

The driver was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and his car was impounded. After appearing in Sag Village court, Mr. Toomey was released on his own recognizance. He is due back there before Justice Lisa R. Rana tomorrow.

Yamit Hurtado, 43, of East Hampton, faces several criminal mischief charges, starting on the night of Feb. 3, his birthday. Town police allege that he threw a bicycle and various items of garbage onto Springs-Fireplace Road that evening, endangering passing vehicles and motorists. He succeeded in striking one car with a can of beer, police said.

Mr. Hurtado resisted arrest, they added, trying to pull away from two officers and bracing his legs in an effort to stop the officers from putting him in a police vehicle. He shoved, hit, and attempted to kick one of the two, and spat in both  their faces. In addition, while he was in custody at headquarters, he repeatedly kicked a Sheetrock wall, damaging it.

Less than a week later, around sunrise on Feb. 8, Mr. Hurtado was arrested again. This time police reported that he had damaged window screens by repeatedly banging on them, causing them to tear. He was arrested on a second charge of criminal mischief with an intent to damage property, and held at the station house for several hours before being released on an appearance ticket. He is to answer the charges in Justice Court next Thursday.

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