Southampton Blotter: Aquebogue woman arrested for crashing into house

12/22/2010 8:00 AM |

An Aquebogue woman was arrested this week for allegedly driving her 2001 Saturn onto someone’s property in Hampton Bays and smacking into two vehicles before crashing through the house, authorities said.
Police said Amy Douglas Smith, 34, of Shade Tree Lane drove the Saturn from Aquebogue to a house on Wauhope Road in Hampton Bays, where she proceeded to crash into a Jeep parked in the driveway, glanced off that car into another car parked in the driveway and then crashed into the house, police said. The car knocked down a door and a wall and went about 10 feet into the building, at which point Ms. Smith backed out and drove away, according to police.
The car was found on School Street in Hampton Bays and impounded and Ms. Smith was found at Peconic Bay Medical Center, police said. No one in the house was injured.
Police said the occupants of the house were known to Ms. Smith. She was charged Monday with two counts of fourth-degree criminal mischief and leaving the scene of an accident.

• Sean Hardy, 28, of Forest Avenue in Shirley was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs last Tuesday on Flanders Road and County Road 105 in Flanders after he was stopped for driving too slowly and not staying in the lane, Southampton Town Police said. Mr. Hardy failed roadside sobriety tests and also was charged with unlicensed operation, driving too slow, failure to maintain his lane and failure to use a turning signal, police said.

• Joseph Catalfano, 53, of Flanders Road in Flanders was charged with criminal mischief last Wednesday after he broke the bedroom window of a neighbor’s home, causing about $150 in damage, according to police, who said Mr. Catalfano was intoxicated at the time.

• A motorcycle was reported stolen from the front yard of a house on Flanders Road in Flanders last Wednesday, according to police, who said the bike had been chained to a tree. The chain was cut. The motorcycle was valued at $800, according to police, who said they believe a truck must have been used to steal it.

• Someone tried to use counterfeit cash to buy gas and other items at the Shamrock gas station on Flanders Road in Flanders Saturday, according to police. The station owner said a suspect handed over a knock-off $100 bill but he was denied, police said. The bill was turned over to police, who then turned it over to U.S. Secret Service. The suspect, who got away before police arrived, was described only as a black male who left in a gray 2010 Dodge Caravan.

• A man paid for a 99-cent bag of potato chips with a counterfeit $20 bill at the Shell Mart on Lake Avenue in Riverside and was given $19.01 in change, police said. He returned later and tried to buy something else with a fake bill, but that was denied. The suspect in this case was described as a black male, about 40 years old, about 5 feet, 7 inches tall and wearing a black jacket and blue jeans, according to police. He left in a dark, older model sedan, police said.

• Someone broke the side window of a car parked at the Budget Host Inn on Lake Avenue in Riverside last Thursday night and removed about $100 worth of tools. The tools were later discovered in an unoccupied room at the hotel, according to police, who said the room was last rented on Friday.

• About $1,135 worth of camera equipment was reported stolen from a house on Golden Leaf Way in Flanders last Monday.

Those who are named in police reports have not been convicted of any crime or violation. The charges against them may later be reduced or withdrawn, or they may be found innocent.

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