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D.W.I. Charged After Crash

Thu, 01/19/2023 - 10:13

An East Hampton man is facing two drunken-driving charges stemming from a crash he allegedly caused late on Saturday afternoon.

Town police said Luis N. Chavez­perez, 45, was heading north on Cedar Street in the vicinity of North Main Street with two passengers in his 2003 Honda when he rear-ended a 2011 Audi being driven by Gail Burkle of Montauk. He told police that the car in front of him had stopped short, but the officer investigating the accident said that his breath smelled of alcohol.

Mr. Chavezperez reportedly failed field sobriety tests. The officer also gave him a breath test, which is said to have registered a blood-alcohol level at or above .18 of 1 percent; the legal limit is .08.

Neither the passengers in the Honda nor Ms. Burkle and her passenger were injured in the accident. Police impounded the Honda.

Charged with two misdemeanor counts of D.W.I., Mr. Chavezperez was held overnight. He was released on his own recognizance on Sunday morning after his arraignment by East Hampton Town Justice Steven Tekulsky. He is due back in court on Feb. 16. C.S.

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