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Missed a Deer, Hit a Sign

Wed, 06/15/2022 - 17:38

A Springs man was charged with aggravated drunken driving, a misdemeanor, on the morning of June 6, after a 911 call reporting a man passed out in a car on Cedar Ridge Road in Springs. East Hampton Town police found Sergio Morocho, 55, at the wheel of a gray Nissan Pathfinder, engine running, in the middle of the road, blocking westbound traffic. There was one Four Loko, an alcohol-laced drink, in the cup holder and another on the passenger floor, according to the report. Police noted a strong smell of alcohol on Mr. Morocho’s breath, and said he performed poorly on the field sobriety tests. His blood alcohol registered over twice the legal level, they said. He appeared in the morning before Justice Lisa R. Rana, who released him on his own recognizance to await arraignment in Town Justice Court on July 6.

Early on Friday morning, Gabriela Mizhquiri of Montauk, 23, was also charged, following an accident, with misdemeanor drunken driving. She was westbound on Pantigo Road near Spring Close Highway in a 2021 black Honda, when, she told police, a deer ran in front of the car, causing her to swerve off the road and hit a street sign and tree. Officers arrived to find her outside the car and unsteady on her feet; her eyes were bloodshot and glassy, they reported, and her breath smelled strongly of alcohol. Ms. Mizhquiri had injured her elbow and lower arm in the accident, and was taken to Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, which released her after treatment. She appeared before Justice Rana on Saturday morning, was released on her own recognizance, and is due back in court on July 28.

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