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Southampton Blotter: Flanders woman faces felony DWI charge

07/09/2016 4:40 PM |

Southampton Town police arrested a Flanders woman for drunk driving in Riverside Saturday. 

Dawn Johnson, 48, was stopped for a window tint violation near the intersection of Flanders Road and Old Quogue Road about 7 p.m. when police noticed her eyes were watery and her breath smelled like alcohol, officials said. She reportedly performed poorly on standard field sobriety tests and failed a pre-screen breath test.

Ms. Johnson faces a felony charge of operating a motor vehicle intoxicated due to a previous conviction, police said, as well as misdemeanor aggravated DWI and a traffic violation.

• New York State Police arrested four people on drug charges in Flanders on Friday.

Edward Lang, 21, of Narrowsburg, N.Y.; Katilin Taddei, 22, of Orlando, Fla.; Meredith Wasko, 26, of North Bergen, N.J.; and Stephanie Chan, 21, of Montrose, N.Y., were stopped on Route 24 for failing to yield right of way, officials said. They were all charged with three felony drug charges, as well as a misdemeanor for criminal possession of a controlled substance and a violation, police said.

• State police arrested a Riverhead man on drug charges in Riverhead last Monday.

Douglas Doyle, 19, was stopped for a traffic infraction on Route 25 and later arrested, officials said. He was charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a misdemeanor, and a violation.

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

Michael Lessard, 59, was seen in the driver’s seat of a car in the Marta’s Deli parking lot about 7:55 p.m. with known drug users, officials said. Police searched the car and found two passengers with open alcohol containers, a crack pipe and a quantity of crack cocaine on the driver’s side floor, officials said.

Mr. Lessard was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor.

• A Riverhead man was arrested on a drug charge in Riverside Saturday.

Brett Guastella, 26, was seen drinking a 16-ounce Natty Daddy in public, officials said. When police approached him they reportedly saw Mr. Guastella scraping a crack pipe in the river and then dropping it into the water. He was also found to be in possession of suboxone, police said.

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

• Police arrested a Riverhead woman for driving while intoxicated in Hampton Bays Saturday.

Cindy Alvarado, 21, was stopped about 3:45 a.m. on Shinnecock Road for multiple traffic violations when police noticed she smelled strongly of alcohol, had slurred speech, bloodshot, glassy eyes and was unbalanced, officials said. She reportedly performed poorly on standard field sobriety tests and failed a pre-screening breath test.

Ms. Alvarado was charged with misdemeanor DWI and four violations, police said.

• A Riverhead woman was arrested for driving while intoxicated in Flanders on Saturday.

Samantha Zarakotas, 23, was stopped near Flanders Road and Huntington Lane about 3:25 a.m. for allegedly speeding and failing to stay in her lane. When police stopped her she was in “poor condition,” smelled like alcohol and had glassy eyes, officials said. She reportedly performed poorly on standard field sobriety tests and failed a pre-screening breath test.

Ms. Zarakotas was charged with DWI and aggravated DWI, both misdemeanors, and three traffic violations.

• Police arrested a Riverhead woman for driving while intoxicated in Riverside on Saturday.

Vanessa Valadez, 30, was stopped near Cross River Drive and Flanders Road about 3 a.m. for traffic infractions when police noticed multiple cans of Corona in her car, police said. She reportedly told the officer she had three beers. Ms. Valadez’s breath smelled like alcohol and she had slurred speech, red, glassy eyes and was unbalanced, officials said. She allegedly performed poorly on standard field sobriety tests and failed a pre-screening breath test. She was also found to have a suspended license, officials said.

Ms. Valadez was charged with driving while intoxicated and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, both misdemeanors, and three traffic violations.

• A Riverhead man was arrested for theft in Hampton Bays last Wednesday.

Someone reportedly entered John’s Bargain Store on Montauk Highway around 10:20 a.m. and put his Samsung Galaxy S7 cellphone down and walked away. When he realized he forgot his phone, he returned — only to see Wilmer Garcia, 24, leaving the store with it, officials said. Mr. Garcia allegedly withheld the cellphone from its owner and was arrested at the scene. He was charged with petit larceny, a misdemeanor.

• Police arrested a Riverhead man for stealing in Hampton Bays last Monday.

Jared Ray, 29, was picked up at the Riverhead police department around 5:10 p.m. regarding an active arrest warrant out of Southampton Town, officials said.

He was charged with petit larceny, a misdemeanor, and a police officer-executed warrant of arrest.

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

Eddie Perry, 26, was stopped on Flanders Road near the traffic circle around 10:30 a.m. for a traffic violation when police learned he had a suspended license and was in possession of a quantity of marijuana, officials said.

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

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

Cecilio Luna, 22, was stopped near Cross River Drive and Flanders Road about 3:40 a.m. for having a defective license plate lamp when police learned his license was suspended for failing to answer a summons, officials said.

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

• New York State Police arrested a Shirley man last Thursday regarding an incident that reportedly took place at the Riverhead Supreme Court Building.

Stanley Davis, 43, was charged with second-degree harassment, a misdemeanor.

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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