POLICE BLOTTER Southampton Town

07/06/2011 8:46 AM |

Two cars overturned in a four-car crash in Flanders that sent six people to area hospitals, including a 6-month-old boy, though none of the injuries were considered to be life threatening, Southampton Town Police said.

The accident took place at 12:47 p.m., when a 2009 Mercedes SUV driven by Margaret Ashe, 64, of Westhampton was heading north on Flanders Road and crossed into oncoming traffic near the rest area, about 500 feet north of the intersection with Red Creek Road, police said. Ms. Ashe’s car collided with a Dodge SUV driven by Catherine Carlozzi, 44, of Bayberry Lane in Sag Harbor before crashing into two more cars, one driven by Irene Lachick, 81, of Washington Avenue in South Jamesport and another driven by Magno Ortiz, 71, of Twilight Road in Rocky Point, police said.

Both Ms. Lachick’s and Mr. Ortiz’ vehicles overturned from the impacts, police said.

Mr. Ortiz and a passenger, Villa Valentin, 30, were airlifted to Stony Brook by Suffolk Medivac Helicopters which landed at Red Creek Park in Hampton Bays. Ms. Ashe, Ms. Lachick and two passengers in Mr. Ortiz’ car, including a six-month-old boy, were taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center by Hampton Bays and Flanders Northampton Ambulance.

The Flanders Fire Department also responded to the scene with heavy rescue equipment. The six-month-old boy had cuts to his face, police said.

All of the drivers were wearing seat belts, the child was in a child seat in the back seat and no summonses were issued, according to Lieutenant Robert Pearce. Police do not yet know what caused Ms. Ashe to veer into oncoming traffic, he said.

• Neftali Castillo, 27, of East Main Street in Riverhead was charged with driving while intoxicated Friday night on Montauk Highway in Water Mill, officials said.

Police said they had received a call that a man who appeared to be intoxicated was about to leave the Shell gas station in Water Mill shortly before 11:30 p.m. and pulled Mr. Castillo over as he was backing up his car.

He was found to be intoxicated, and it was then discovered that he had stolen stole $10 worth of quarters from a gas station employee’s car, police said.

He was additionally charged with petit larceny, according to police.

• Tara Bennett, 38, of Hampton Bays was charged with driving while ability impaired after she was involved in a car accident on Flanders Road in Flanders Sunday afternoon, police said. Ms. Bennett failed a field sobriety test and also was charged with moving from a lane unsafely, officials said.

• Noah McDermott, 23, of Riverside Avenue in Flanders was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon Friday morning on Flanders Road and Cypress Avenue, officials said. He was stopped for not wearing a seal belt and a collapsible baton was observed in his car, according to police, who added that he also was found to be in possession of brass knuckles.

• Shawn Wright, 36, of Gardiners Bay Drive in Shelter Island was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana on June 22 on County Road 104 in Riverside. He was stopped for speeding and the officer smelled marijuana. Mr. Wright, when asked, said, “Yes, there is pot in the vehicle,” and then handed over two half smoked marijuana cigarettes, police said.

• Charles Bartlett, 18, of Phillips Avenue in Riverside was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana June 24 on Luldam Avenue in Riverside. He was sitting in the back seat of a car parked at Ludlam Park with two other cars and many other people congregating around the cars, police said. When an officer approached the cars, he smelled marijuana and found Mr. Bartlett in possession of an unspecified quantity, police said.

• Fidelino Gutierrez, 39, address unknown, was charged with disorderly conduct Sunday night after he was observed lying in the roadway on Flanders Road near Old Quogue Road in Riverside. Mr. Gutierrez refused to get up on an officer’s initial request and was obstructing traffic, police said.

• A Flanders woman reported just after midnight last Thursday that a man leaped from the woods at the intersection of Havens Drive and Oak Avenue in Flanders and threw a beer bottle at her car as she was driving, police said.

The suspect is described a white male, about 20 years old, who was wearing a gray shirt and khaki pants, according to police. The bottle left a small crack in the windshield, police said.

• A Riverside man reported to police that $900 went missing from under his mattress. The man said he lives with 12 other people at a house on Old Quogue Road, according to police.

• Elizabeth Hall, 23, of Osborn Avenue in Riverhead was charged with littering and an open alcohol container violation on June 18 on Foster Avenue in Hampton Bays after she was observed with an open beer can, which she later threw on the ground when she saw an officer coming, police said.

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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