01/20/14 12:53pm
01/20/2014 12:53 PM
COURTESY SOUTHAMPTON POLICE

COURTESY SOUTHAMPTON POLICE

A drunken driver crashed into another car at the Riverside traffic circle Saturday evening just a few hundred feet away from an officer on patrol, then gave police a false name before being arrested and held by Immigrations Customs Enforcement, according to a police report.

A Southampton Town police officer was parked at the Valero gas station about 5:45 when he heard a loud noise across the other side of the circle, according to the report.

The officer found a 2000 Dodge Grand Caravan had just collided into the rear of another vehicle and questioned the driver, 34-year-old Werner Lopez of Riverhead.

Mr. Lopez claimed he was someone else while he was being interviewed and appeared to be highly intoxicated, police said.

He was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated and false personation, both misdemeanors, and taken to police headquarters for processing.

But from there, Mr. Lopez was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center to be treated “due to his high level of intoxication,” police said.

He remains held by ICE without bail.

01/05/14 10:40am
01/05/2014 10:40 AM
TIM GANNON PHOTO | This car was struck in Hampton Bays after a fatal car crash early Sunday morning.

TIM GANNON PHOTO | This car was struck in Hampton Bays after a fatal car crash early Sunday morning.

Southampton Police arrested an Aquebogue man for driving while intoxicated Sunday morning following a car crash in Hampton Bays that killed a newspaper delivery woman.

According to police, 31-year-old Joseph Perez was driving a 2001 Ford pickup truck westbound on Montauk Highway, near Ponquogue Avenue, around 4:30 a.m. when he hit a parked car, then struck 56-year-old Donna Sartori of Middle Island before hitting her car.

Southampton Town Police, New York State Police Forensic ID & Collision Reconstruction Unit, and the Hampton Bays Fire Department all responded to the scene.

Police said Ms. Sartori was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mr. Perez was transported to Peconic Bay Medical Center, where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries. He was charged with driving while intoxicated. Southampton Sgt. Andrew Ficurilli said Sunday morning that Mr. Perez remains in the hospital, and will likely be arraigned tomorrow.

Police said the investigation is continuing, and are asking anyone who may have information about the crash to call Southampton Town Detectives at 702-2230, or to call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-220-TIPS.

11/27/13 9:56am
11/27/2013 9:56 AM
RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Two people were taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center Wednesday morning after a sedan rear-ended an SUV in Aquebogue.

RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Two people were taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center Wednesday morning after a sedan rear-ended an SUV in Aquebogue.

Riverhead Police said two people were taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center for precautionary purposes when a man driving a Volkswagen Passat rear-ended a woman driving a Honda CR-V near the intersection of Main Road and Union Avenue in Aquebogue at 9 a.m. this morning.

An officer at the scene of the collision said the driver of the Honda CR-V was waiting to make a left turn onto Union Avenue when the driver of the Volkswagen Passat glanced down to pick up his coffee and rear-ended the Honda CR-V.

Neither driver was injured in the collision, Riverhead Police said.

Traffic was moving well at the scene of the crash at 9:30 a.m.

ryoung@timesreview.com

10/29/13 5:26pm
10/29/2013 5:26 PM
CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | Two people were sent to area hospitals following a crash on Edwards Avenue Tuesday evening.

CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | Two people were sent to area hospitals following a crash on Roanoke Avenue Tuesday evening.

Two people – including a four-year-old child – were sent to area hospitals following a two-car accident on Roanoke Avenue Tuesday afternoon.

A black Volkswagen Jetta traveling southbound on Edwards Avenue collided with a gold Toyota Corolla by the intersection on Sound Avenue about 4:40 p.m., authorities said.

The driver of the Volkswagen was transported to Peconic Bay Medical Center with facial injures, while the child, who was a passenger in the Toyoya, was transported to St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson as a precaution, said Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps chief Joey Oliver.

Correction: An earlier version of this article stated that the article occurred on Edwards Avenue.

09/30/13 1:47pm
09/30/2013 1:47 PM
RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Four teens were hospitalized on Monday after a car crash in Aquebogue.

RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Four teens were hospitalized on Monday after a car crash in Aquebogue.

Four teens driving in a Nissan Altima early this afternoon were sent to Peconic Bay Medical Center with minor injuries after the driver veered off Peconic Bay Boulevard and into the woods, flipping the car on its side.

The driver of the car, a 16-year-old male, told police he swerved off the road to avoid a deer as he was driving eastbound just east of Sunup Trail in Aquebogue.

The passengers in the car included three other males, two more 16-year-olds and one 19-year-old.

Police said one arrest was made at the scene, but declined to provide details.

The Altima rolled onto its side during the accident, which occurred about 12:45 p.m. An open black trash bag was spotted next to the car, with a couple of Heineken bottles; however, police would not comment on circumstances leading to the crash.

Police said the accident is under investigation.

RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Tree branches around a Nissan Altima had to be cleared on Monday to get it out of the woods.

RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Tree branches around a Nissan Altima had to be cleared on Monday to get it out of the woods.

09/20/13 4:25pm
09/20/2013 4:25 PM
RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | The site of a car crash Friday afternoon in Jamesport.

RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | The site of a car crash Friday afternoon in Jamesport.

Four people were sent to the hospital after a four-door sedan crashed into a telephone pole shortly after 3 p.m. in Jamesport.

According to Riverhead police, the car was heading eastbound, just east of Jamesport Vineyards, when it veered off the road and into the pole.

Police are still investigating the cause of the crash, which shut down Main Road for close to an hour while traffic was diverted around the scene.

Police said the driver and passengers of the car were sent to Peconic Bay Medical Center by Mattituck Ambulance for non-life threatening injuries.

LIPA was on scene repairing the pole, and as of 4:15 p.m., Main Road had been cleared back up.

RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | A car is towed away after its driver hit a telephone pole on Main Road today.

RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | A car is towed away after its driver hit a telephone pole on Main Road today.

07/23/13 5:41pm
07/23/2013 5:41 PM
CLAIRE LEADEN PHOTO | The driver of this car, along with two others in a second vehicle, were hospitalized after a car accident Tuesday afternoon.

CLAIRE LEADEN PHOTO | The driver of this Nissan Versa, along with two others in a second vehicle, were hospitalized after a car accident Tuesday afternoon.

Three people were injured — including a 17-year-old girl who was more seriously hurt  — in a two-car accident in Riverhead Tuesday afternoon, Riverhead Town police and emergency officials said.

The crash occurred near the Saf-T-Swim shopping center about 4 p.m. when a red Nissan Versa driving north on Kroemer Avenue collided with a green Mercury Mystique sedan making a left turn out of the parking lot, police at the scene said.

The teenaged passenger of the Mercury was “pretty seriously” hurt, said Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps chief Joseph Oliver. She was going in and out of consciousness after the crash and was rushed to Peconic Bay Medical Center by Riverhead ambulance volunteers, police said.

The two drivers of the Mercury and the Nissan were also taken to PBMC by volunteers with the Riverhead and Flanders Northampton Ambulance Corps, respectively, police said.

An update on the victim’s conditions was not immediately available. Police said the driver of the Mercury was issued a summons for driving out of class, but no arrests were made.

psquire@timesreview.com