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Bright Lights, Bad Lights

Thu, 09/22/2022 - 10:02

Local police made two drunken-driving arrests in the town last week and one in the village.

East Hampton Village police stopped a brown Ford F-150 pickup truck at around 11 p.m. on Friday, saying they saw it swerving back and forth on Main Street near Newtown Lane. The driver, Vicente Orellana of East Hampton, 51, failed sobriety tests, according to police, and was subsequently charged with two driving while intoxicated misdemeanors, as well as six traffic violations. He complained of chest pains while being booked, and was escorted to Stony Brook Southampton Hospital for evaluation and treatment before being returned to headquarters for arraignment. Mr. Orellana was released on his own recognizance and has a virtual court date on Oct. 20. 

Edward Welker of Maryland, 42, allegedly failed to dim his bright lights for oncoming cars, police reported, while driving on Three Mile Harbor Road near Neighborhood House, East Hampton, around midnight on Sept. 12. Police stopped his 2014 Toyota and charged him with two misdemeanor counts of driving while intoxicated after he agreed to take the sobriety tests.

Nikhil Etikela of Connecticut, 21, was driving a 2021 Tesla Model 3 on Montauk Highway near Upland Road in Montauk on Sept. 4 at 3:30 a.m. when he was pulled over for “nonfunctioning tail lights.” He too wound up facing two counts of misdemeanor drunken driving.

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