Southampton blotter: Holiday week sees car crashes, DWI arrests

01/04/2011 1:32 PM |

• A Cutchogue woman told police she was returning Dec. 20 from Wal-Mart in Riverhead to the Budget Host Inn in Riverside, where she and her boyfriend where staying, only to find her boyfriend “partying” with three girls and another man in the motel room, according to police. A verbal dispute then started and the boyfriend, whose name was not released by police, then “grabbed a bunch of stuff,” including the woman’s tote bag, left the hotel and never returned, according to police.

The woman said she attempted to contact him for about a week but was unable to do so.

The bag contained a debit card, a cell phone, a driver’s license, insurance cards, jewelry worth $500, about $55 in cash and several prescription drugs, the woman reported. No arrests were made.

• Fernando Quistan, 21, of Phillips Avenue in Riverside was stopped by police on Old Quogue Road in Riverside about 1 a.m. Saturday after he was observed tailgating and swerving on the roadway. Upon further investigation, police determined that Mr. Quistan was drunk. He was charged with DWI and later released on $250 bail.

At about 1:41 a.m. Saturday, police pulled over Tina Nash, 39, of Hill Crescent Court in Calverton on County Road 105 in Flanders for driving without headlights on. Ms. Nash was also found to be intoxicated, police said. She was charged with DWI and taken to the Suffolk County jail in lieu of $200 bail.

About 20 minutes later, Jose Amayo, 30, of Hampton Bays was pulled over for making an unsafe turn on Flanders Road and found to be intoxicated, according to police, who said he was arraigned and released on $200 bail.

• Early Sunday, Santiago Garcia, 27, of Dam Trail in Flanders was arrested for driving while intoxicated, police said. Mr. Garcia was pulled over on Flanders Road in Flanders about 2 a.m. for several traffic violations, according to police. Police said that Mr. Garcia was not only driving drunk, but had a license that had been revoked due to a prior DWI conviction, which upped this charge to a felony DWI. Mr. Garcia also was charged with first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle.

• A week earlier, on Dec. 23, Jose Cruz, 48, of Riverhead exited the parking lot of Cabana Latina on Flanders Road in Flanders and crashed into oncoming traffic, according to police. Mr. Cruz was charged with DWI and traffic violations, according to police, who said there were no reported injuries in the collision.

• Two men who were stopped in a car along Springville Road and Good Ground Road in Hampton Bays about 5:13 a.m. on Christmas Eve ended up being arrested on drug and weapons charges, according to police. Police stopped the car because one of its lights was out.

The driver, Andre Walker, 20, of Riverside, was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and unlawful possession of marijuana, as he was found in possession of a handgun and marijuana, police said. His passenger, Justin Davis, 22, of Riverhead, was charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana, as he was found in possession of cocaine and marijuana, police said.

• A Riverhead woman told police she was approached last Tuesday at the County Center bus stop by a man who took her picture with a cell phone and then told her, “I’m a serial killer. Remember these eyes. You’re going to be my next victim.”

He was described as a white male with short brown hair, about 5 feet, 3 inches tall, with a stocky build, odd color eyes and wearing a red hoodie, according to police, who said he also was carrying a book called “True Criminal Investigations.”

The woman then left in a taxi and went home, but was later convinced by family members to report the incident, police said.

• A Flanders man reported on Christmas Eve that someone stole a pair of binoculars valued at $60 and some cologne valued at $30 from his room. The victim told police he suspects that a homeless man that he let stay with him a week earlier took the items. The victim said he had told the man never to return, police said.

• A Flanders woman reported last Thursday that someone illegally used her debit card to make $300 worth of purchases in Florida. The Suffolk Federal Credit Union in Riverside was notified and closed the account, police said.

• Two Smirnoff six packs were reported stolen from the Hampton Deli on Flanders Road in Flanders Friday by a man who then fled on foot toward Maple Avenue, according to police, who said the value of the six packs was $23.

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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