Police: Southold man arrested in shotgun incident, now faces DWI

01/28/2012 6:03 AM |


A Southold man, who was arrested late last year for threatening his ex-girlfriend with a shotgun,  was charged with DWI Friday after striking a curb while speeding through the Riverside traffic circle, State Police said.

Paul Reinckens, 24, stopped in the middle of the road while being pulled over just after 2 a.m. Friday and had to be asked to pull over a second time, police said.

A strong odor of alcohol was detected on his breath, according to police, who said he failed field sobriety tests. He is due back at Southampton Town Justice Court Feb. 12.

Mr. Reinckens, of Hummel Avenue, had been arrested by Southold Police Sept. 24 after pulling out a shotgun at his former girlfriend’s Greenport residence and yelling “I’m going to kill you,” according to police reports.

Police said Mr. Reinckens fled after making the threat and was later found by the department’s police dog in a field behind his home. The canine unit discovered the  weapon in a wooded area off Ninth Street in Greenport, according to reports. Four other long guns and a pistol found at Mr. Reinckens home were taken for safe keeping in that incident, police said.

Mr. Reinckens, a Southold High graduate, is a real estate agent with Prudential Douglas Elliman in Bridgehampton, according to the company’s website.