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Felony D.W.I. Is Charged

Thu, 05/25/2023 - 10:32

A Riverhead man is facing drunken driving charges for the third time in 10 years, making his latest charge, levied by East Hampton Town police on May 7, a felony.

Shortly before 8 that night, according to a police report released this week, Luis A. Loja Quizhpe, 32, was clocked at 77 miles per hour on Stephen Hand’s Path, where the speed limit is 30.

Police said Mr. Loja Quizhpe, who was driving a 2023 Toyota, failed a horizontal-gaze field test, then refused to take part in further sobriety checks. He was additionally charged with circumventing an interlock device, a misdemeanor, and aggravated unlicensed driving, a violation. His prior D.W.I. convictions were in June 2015 and December 2022, police said.

He was arraigned the next day in East Hampton Justice Court, where Justice Lisa Rana released him on his own recognizance. He is to return to court on June 15.

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