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07/27/14 9:05am

Two people were arrested on drunken driving charges at sobriety checkpoints set up in Riverhead Town Saturday, Riverhead Town police said.

Police were assisted by members of the district attorney’s East End DWI Task Force with patrolling, officials said.

The following people were arrested and charged with DWI:

• Bladimir Franco, Riverhead

• Roque Estrada, Flanders

Police said they anticipated running more checkpoints in 2014.

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07/27/14 8:45am

A 48-year-old man from Australia was arrested early Sunday morning on drunken driving charges in Laurel, Southold Town police said.

Francis O’Toole was driving a 2001 Chevrolet westbound on Route 25 just before 1 a.m. when police observed him speeding, officials said.

After he was pulled over, police say they found him to be intoxicated.

Mr. O’Toole was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated and speeding, police said.

He was transported to police headquarters, processed and held overnight for arraignment, officials said.

07/12/14 10:00pm
07/12/2014 10:00 PM

A Flanders man who was stopped by police for failing to maintain his lane of travel along Flanders Road early Saturday morning is facing DWI and unlicensed operation charges, Southampton Town Police said.

Elder H. Ponce Ortega, 31, was stopped shortly after 2 a.m. at the intersection of Donald Avenue, police said. It was determined that he was driving drunk and without a license, police said.

He was transported to police headquarters and held for arraignment, police said.

06/17/14 4:00pm
06/17/2014 4:00 PM
Riverhead Police Chief David Hergemiller (left) joined SCDA Thomas Spota at Tuesday's press conference to unveil a plan to combact drunken drivers. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Riverhead Police Chief David Hegermiller (left) joined SCDA Thomas Spota at Tuesday’s press conference to unveil a plan to combat drunken drivers. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

East End law enforcement agencies joined Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota Tuesday afternoon to unveil a plan to bolster sobriety checkpoints on land and at sea this summer.

The East End DWI Task Force will conduct additional checkpoints aimed at cracking down on drunken an drug impaired drivers and boaters, Mr. Spota announced during a press conference at the U.S. Coast Guard station in Hampton Bays.


06/16/14 2:31pm
06/16/2014 2:31 PM

SH_CopsA 32-year-old Flanders man who ran a stop sign was charged with driving while intoxicated Sunday night, according to Southampton Town Police.

Edwin Espanasola was pulled over after an officer saw him running a stop sign at the intersection of Priscilla Avenue and Woodroad Trail in Flanders at about 8:20 p.m., according to police.

Mr. Espanasola had alcohol on his breath, slurred speech and other signs of intoxication, police said.

He also performed badly on field sobriety tests and had registered at .08 on a pre-screen breath test, according to police.

He was charged with driving while intoxicated, unlicensed operation and failure to stop at a stop sign.