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Southampton blotter: Driver falls asleep at wheel, charged with DWI

05/29/2016 2:00 PM |

Southampton Town police arrested a Flanders man who was reportedly asleep at the wheel for driving while intoxicated Saturday in Water Mill.

Julio Bermeo, 40, was reportedly sleeping in his vehicle at the Water Mill post office on Montauk Highway when witnesses attempted to wake him up. He allegedly drove toward the loading dock and fell back asleep, then hit the loading dock twice after being woken up again around 7:25 a.m.

Police then arrived and found Mr. Bermeo asleep in the car’s passenger seat, officials said. A witness allegedly identified Mr. Bermeo as the driver.

Mr. Bermeo reportedly failed sobriety tests and was transported to police headquarters for processing. He was charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated with a prior conviction in the past 10 years — a felony — and multiple violations.

• Police arrested a Bridgehampton man on a drug charge last Thursday in Riverside.

Lasjhon Hill, 45, was allegedly seen on private property with a “No Trespassing” sign around 1:10 p.m. An officer approached him and found he had a glass pipe normally used for smoking crack cocaine with residue, officials said.

He was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor, and trespassing, a violation.

• Police arrested a Flanders man for drunk driving on Sunday.

Rudy Tocay-Punay, 35, was involved in a car accident in Flanders around 12:45 p.m. while leaving the 7-Eleven on Flanders Road, officials said. He reportedly performed poorly on standardized field sobriety tests and was held overnight for a morning arraignment.

He was charged with driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor, and two violations.

• New York State police arrested a Southampton man Sunday for drunk driving in Flanders.

Jose Cabrera-Perez, 27, was stopped for moving from his lane unsafely on Flanders Road, officials said. He was charged with misdemeanor driving while intoxicated.

• State police arrested a Shirley man Saturday for driving while intoxicated in Flanders.

William Brown, 29, was stopped for speeding on Route 24 when he was determined to be intoxicated, officials said. He was charged with misdemeanor DWI.

• A Brentwood man was arrested Sunday for driving while intoxicated in Northampton.

Santiago Gonzalez, 39, was seen driving while unable to stay in his lane of travel around 7:25 p.m. on Lake Avenue, crossing over both double yellow and sold white lines, officials said. He failed a sobriety test and a pre-screening device, officials said.

He was charged with DWI and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, both misdemeanors, and two traffic violations.

• A Riverhead man was arrested last Tuesday for driving without a court-mandated interlock device in Riverside.

Agustin Leon-Nunez, 47, was stopped on Riverleigh Avenue around 12:55 p.m. for reportedly having multiple traffic violations when police learned he had a revoked license in New York State and that he was driving without a court-ordered interlock device.

He was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, circumventing an interlock, aggravated unlicensed operation — alcohol-related, all misdemeanors. He was also charged with numerous traffic violations.

• Southampton Town police arrested a Bellport man for driving with a suspended license in Riverside on Friday.

Ashanti Peacock, 25, was stopped near the traffic circle and Route 31 around 10:15 p.m. for an alleged broken headlight when police learned his license was suspended for failing to pay a driver assessment fee.

He was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor, and a traffic violation.

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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