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Southampton Blotter: Riverhead man driving without license faces felony charge

04/02/2017 6:00 AM |

Southampton Town police arrested a Riverhead man for driving with a suspended license in Westhampton last Thursday.

After police stopped Robinson Mayen-Ruiz, 25, near Stewart and Hamilton avenues around 5:35 p.m. for tinted front side windows, they learned he had his non-driver’s ID suspended pending prosecution for a previous driving while intoxicated charge, officials said. He was arrested and his vehicle was impounded.

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

• A Greenport man was arrested for drug possession in Hampton Bays last Tuesday.

When police stopped John Gantly, 43, for multiple traffic violations near Flanders and Bellows Pond roads around 12:40 a.m., they noticed a smell of marijuana coming from inside his car, officials said. An officer reportedly saw a yellow box under Mr. Gantly’s seat, which police learned was the source of the odor. It contained rolling papers and six white pills, he said. Mr. Gantly told an officer on the side of the road the box contained marijuana and that the pills were Vicodin he got from his wife, officials said.

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

• New York State police arrested a Hampton Bays man for misdemeanor driving while intoxicated in Flanders following a traffic stop while traveling northbound on Route 24 last Thursday, police said. Matthew Rewinski, 32, was taken to headquarters and processed with tickets returnable to Town of Southampton Court.

• Elizabeth Hafkin, 27, of Selden was arrested for misdemeanor driving while intoxicated following a traffic stop on Route 25 in Riverhead Saturday, state police said. She was issued tickets returnable to Town of Riverhead court.

• A Riverhead woman was arrested for misdemeanor driving while intoxicated following a traffic stop on East Main Street Sunday. Tristina Trent, 26, was issued tickets returnable to the Town of Riverhead Court, state police said.

• Police arrested a Middle Island man for circumventing an interlock device in Riverside Sunday.

After James Davender, 32, was stopped for traffic violations around 1:55 p.m. near the Shell gas station on Lake Avenue, police learned he had a suspended license, officials said.

He was charged with circumventing an interlock device subject to court order, second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, both misdemeanors, and two traffic violations.

• A Hampton Bays man was arrested for drug possession in Flanders Sunday.

After Ryan Bower, 33, was stopped for tinted windows and failing to signal on Route 24, state police arrested him for driving while intoxicated and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, both misdemeanors. He was issued tickets returnable to Southampton Town Court.

• Police arrested a Calverton woman for driving with a suspended license in Flanders last Monday.

After Shatiqua Strand, 19, was stopped for a traffic infraction on Evergreen Road around 7:35 p.m., police learned her license was suspended twice in July 2015 for failing to answer a summons out of the Town of Riverhead, officials said.

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

• After Angelica Marta, 25, was stopped around 4:30 p.m. near Flanders and Birch Creek roads, a license plate recognition system alerted police that her registration was suspended, officials said. They then learned her car and license were suspended for “insurance not in effect,” police said. Her car was impounded and she was arrested, processed and released.

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

• A Sag Harbor woman was arrested for driving with a suspended license in Flanders Friday.

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

After Saul Marcos Osorio, 30, was stopped around 3:35 a.m. near Old Riverhead Road and Stewart Avenue for a traffic infraction, police learned he had a suspended license, officials said.

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

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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