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Southampton blotter: Man caught with homemade spiked ‘billy club’ during traffic stop

01/24/2016 12:00 PM |

Police arrested a 50-year-old man on a weapons charge last Friday in Riverside.

Sherman Carter of Patchogue was reportedly seen at a known drug location, stopped in a car with tinted windows at the corner of Pine Street and Old Quogue Road around 11 p.m. A man was seen walking up to Mr. Carter’s car, but quickly left when he saw a police car, officials said. An officer reportedly told Mr. Carter he was stopped for an illegal window tint then smelled alcohol on the defendant’s breath.

Police searched the car and found crack cocaine in the center console, a small plastic bottle containing prescription medication under the driver’s seat and a “billy” club made from a table leg with large nails sticking out from one end on the floor in the back of the car, police said. Mr. Carter allegedly said he lived in a rough area of Patchogue and had the weapon for protection. A check of his license reportedly found that it had been suspended 14 times.

Mr. Carter was charged with third-degree criminal possession, a felony; second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, both misdemeanors; and numerous violations.

• A Hampton Bays woman was arrested for endangering the welfare of a child in Flanders on Saturday.

Charice Downing, 27, was allegedly a passenger in a vehicle that had marijuana and crack cocaine in it that police discovered during a traffic stop on Flanders Road at 11:18 p.m. Ms. Downing’s 5-year-old son was in the back seat of the car, officials said. The driver was issued a summons for failure to dim high beams and driving without a license, police said.

Ms. Downing was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony; endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor; and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation.

• A 27-year-old man was arrested for driving drunk in Flanders on Sunday.

Wilber Garrido of Flanders was allegedly seen driving erratically on Flanders Road around 1:20 a.m. Police said he failed standard field sobriety tests and refused to take a pre-screening breath test. During a search after his arrest, police found a white powder resembling cocaine, officials said. Mr. Garrido reportedly told police he was drinking beer before driving.

He was charged with first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, a felony; driving while intoxicated, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and refusal to take a breath test, all misdemeanors; and multiple traffic violations.

• Police arrested a Southampton man for drunk driving in Flanders on Saturday.

Weyhan Smith, 34, was allegedly seen traveling southbound on Flanders Road around 12:20 a.m. with inadequate taillights and was unable to stay in his lane.

He reportedly failed a pre-screen breath test, police said. He was charged with DWI, a misdemeanor, and two violations.

• A Riverhead man was arrested for driving with a suspended license in Flanders on Saturday.

Terry Trent, 42, was reportedly parked at a dead end on Point Road around 9 p.m. when police learned he had a suspended license.

He was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, a misdemeanor, and driving with no license, a violation.

• A Calverton man was arrested for driving without a license in Riverside last Monday.

Solomon Drayton, 26, was reportedly stopped around 11:35 a.m. for failing to signal 100 feet before making a left turn into the 7-Eleven on Flanders Road. When speaking with police, Mr. Drayton allegedly said his license was suspended and police smelled marijuana in the vehicle. Marijuana was reportedly found in a Newport cigarette box in the center console. A DMV check confirmed Mr. Drayton’s license was suspended.

Rayquann Houpe, 26, of Ridge was a passenger in the car and allegedly gave police the false name of Mike Williams. He was charged with false personation, a misdemeanor.

Mr. Drayton was charged with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, a misdemeanor, and unlawful possession of marijuana, driving with no license and illegal signal, all violations.

• Police arrested a Hampton Bays man for driving with a revoked license in Flanders last Tuesday.

Nelson Asitimbay, 22, was allegedly pulled over around 3:35 p.m. on Cypress Avenue for excessive tinted windows. Police learned his driver’s license had been revoked pending a previous DWI.

He was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, both misdemeanors.

• A 23-year-old man was arrested in Flanders for driving with a suspended license last Tuesday.

David Wilson of Mastic was stopped around 7 p.m. for not having a license plate lamp on his car, officials said. He was charged with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, a misdemeanor, and two violations.

• Police arrested a 36-year-old man in Riverside for driving with a suspended license last Wednesday.

Hilsias Pereira of Riverside was reportedly stopped on Old Quogue Road around 6:50 a.m. for insufficient taillights. He was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, a misdemeanor, and three violations.

• A Riverhead man was arrested for driving with a suspended license in Flanders last Thursday.

David Guevara, 31, was allegedly stopped at the rest stop on Route 24 at around 9:30 a.m. for an equipment violation. Police reportedly learned he had three suspensions for failing to answer a summons.

He was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation.

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