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Southampton blotter: DWI, drug arrest in Flanders

09/10/2015 12:00 PM |

A Riverhead man was arrested Monday for driving while ability impaired in Flanders, police said.

Robert Bale, 32, was seen crossing over a double yellow line several times on Elm Avenue around 11:15 a.m. When interviewed by police, he had fast speech, body and eyelid tremors and appeared restless. He performed poorly on standard field sobriety tests and passed a pre-screening breath test, police said.

A Ziploc bag containing marijuana was in plain sight on the vehicle’s floor. Police also found marijuana in the glove box.

Mr. Bale was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs, a misdemeanor, and unlawful possession of marijuana and failing to use designated lane, both violations, police said.

• Two Riverhead men were arrested on drug charges Sunday in Riverside, police said.

Thaddeus Hayer, 59, and Eddie Buckley, 60, were standing in a known drug and prostitution area on Pine Street around 2:15 a.m. Mr. Buckley was seen drinking alcohol in public and holding a drug pipe in his other hand. When approached by police both men were found to be in possession of cocaine, police said.

Both were charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor. Mr. Buckley was also charged with open consumption of an alcoholic beverage, a violation, officials said.

Mr. Buckley had also been charged with two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance in August, according to a previous News-Review article.

• A 36-year-old man was arrested Monday on harassment charges in Riverside, police said.

Chaki Bellamy of Riverhead was caught in a verbal altercation with another person. When it escalated, Mr. Bellamy pushed the other person and then prevented that person from calling police, officials said.

Mr. Bellamy was charged with two counts of fourth-degree criminal mischief and second-degree harassment, all misdemeanors, police said.

• An East Hampton man was arrested Sunday for driving without a license in Flanders, police said.

Ermel Pesantez, 40, failed to yield to oncoming traffic when he exited a gas station on Long Neck Boulevard at around 11:10 a.m. and almost caused an accident. Police pulled him over and found that his license had been suspended.

He was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor, and numerous traffic violations, police said.

• A 34-year-old man was arrested Monday for driving without a license in Flanders, police said.

Gerald Trent of Flanders was stopped for a traffic violation on Flanders Road around 1:30 a.m. A DMV check showed that his driver’s license had been suspended due to an alcohol-related incident, police said.

He was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor, and numerous traffic violations, officials said.

• A Wading River man was arrested Sept. 2 for driving without a license in Riverside, police said.

Matthew Haarke, 35, was seen heading east at the Riverside traffic circle around 11:40 a.m. in a vehicle with an inspection sticker that expired in July 2015. He was pulled over and police discovered that his license had been suspended or driving while intoxicated in August 2009, officials said.

Mr. Haarke was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation, a misdemeanor, and operating a motor vehicle without an inspection certificate, a violation, police said.

• A Flanders resident reported that $215 was stolen out of her unlocked car in her East Street driveway sometime Friday night. No arrest has been made, 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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