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Southampton Blotter: Unlicensed driver charged with DWI in Riverhead

01/15/2017 5:50 AM |

Southampton Town police arrested a homeless woman Saturday on a drunken driving charge in Riverhead.

Andrea Griffin, 46, had been stopped near Peconic Avenue and West Main Street around 3:20 a.m. for failing to stay in her lane when police reportedly learned she was intoxicated and had a suspended license, officials said.

She was charged with driving while intoxicated and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, both misdemeanors, and two traffic violations, police said.

• A Manorville man was arrested for drug possession in Riverside last Monday, police said.

Authorities were attempting to stop Tyler Madden, 21, for an equipment violation around 5:35 p.m. near Old Quogue and Flanders roads when he fled, police said. Mr. Madden reportedly pulled into a driveway on Old Quogue Road and exited the car, officials said.

After he was asked to get back into the vehicle, Mr. Madden allegedly reached into the car and retrieved a quantity of marijuana, which he handed to an officer, police said.

During the investigation, he was also found to be in possession of cocaine, officials said.

Mr. Madden was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor, and multiple violations, the report states.

• Police arrested a Center Moriches woman on a drug possession charge last Tuesday in Riverside.

Cynthia White, 56, was a passenger in a car that had been stopped by police around 6 p.m. near Riverleigh Avenue and Flanders Road for not having its headlights on during a heavy rainstorm, police said. During the investigation, officers noticed something in Ms. White’s mouth, officials said. She reportedly removed a folded dollar bill containing crack cocaine from her mouth and also had marijuana in her coat pocket, police said.

Ms. White was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor, and a violation, officials said.

• A Flanders man was arrested Friday and charged with driving with a suspended license, police said.

Victor Vargas, 38, was stopped near Lake Avenue and Pegs Lane around 1:20 p.m. for not wearing a seat belt, police said. During the investigation, police found Mr. Vargas had a suspended license, the report states. He was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor, and two traffic violations, officials said.

• A Hampton Bays man was arrested Sunday and charged with driving with a suspended license in Flanders, police said.

Nicholaus Spiegel, 29, was stopped near Flanders Road and Cypress Avenue around 11:05 p.m. for having an obstructed license plate and failing to stay in his lane of travel, police said. He was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor, and two traffic violations, officials 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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