02/17/14 10:31am
02/17/2014 10:31 AM

A 42-year-old Riverhead man was arrested for drunken driving after he was stopped for a traffic violation in Riverhead Wednesday, state police said.

Oleg Prjalkins was pulled over while driving east on Route 58, according to a police statement. He was charged with driving while intoxicated and released with a ticket for a future court date, police said.

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01/25/14 6:38pm
01/25/2014 6:38 PM

A 44-year-old Calverton man was arrested for driving while under the influence of drugs Saturday morning in Mattituck, Southold Town police said.

John C. Brophy was stopped for failing to maintain his lane at Route 48 and Elijahs Lane about 9:53 a.m., police said. Police determined Mr. Brophy was impaired by drugs and he was charged with the misdemeanor DWI.

He was transported to headquarters and held for arraignment.

01/23/14 2:48pm
01/23/2014 2:48 PM
JOSEPH PEREZ MUG SHOT

JOSEPH PEREZ MUG SHOT

A Flanders man accused of driving drunk when he struck and killed a newspaper delivery woman in Hampton Bays earlier this month has been arraigned on a slew of upgraded charges, including vehicular homicide, court officials said.

Joseph Perez, 30, was charged with aggravated vehicular homicide, manslaughter, two counts of vehicular manslaughter, three counts of driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident and a traffic infraction, a court official said.

He pleaded not guilty before Judge Fernando Camacho and was held on $250,000 cash bail or $500,000 bond.

If convicted of the top charge, Mr. Perez could be sentenced to up to 25 years in prison.

Mr. Perez was driving a 2001 Ford pickup truck westbound on Montauk Highway about 4:30 a.m. on Jan. 5 when he collided with a parked car that then hit 56-year-old Donna Sartori of Middle Island, authorities said.

Ms. Sartori was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a police statement. Prosecutors say Mr. Perez’s blood alcohol content was more than double the legal limit at the time of the accident.

Mr. Perez was arrested by Southampton Town police and originally charged with misdemeanor DWI. He was indicted on the grand jury charges last Thursday.

Mr. Perez is being held at Riker’s Island in Queens on a “substitute jail order.” Jail officials said Mr. Perez was transferred to Queens because he could not be held at the Suffolk County jails in Yaphank or Riverside.

Authorities couldn’t explain why the Riverside jail couldn’t take Mr. Perez.

Mr. Perez — the single father of a 10-year-old son — had previously been convicted of felony weapons possession, his attorney Lane Bubka said earlier this month.

Mr. Perez had been living with his mother and father in Flanders at the time of the accident and was attending Suffolk County Community college on a pre-med track, Mr. Bubka said.

Mr. Perez is due back in court on Feb. 4.

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01/06/14 11:29am
01/06/2014 11:29 AM
JOSEPH PEREZ MUG SHOT

JOSEPH PEREZ MUG SHOT

An Aquebogue man is being held on $250,000 cash bail after allegedly driving drunk and causing a three-car accident that killed a newspaper delivery woman in Hampton Bays early Sunday.

Joseph Perez, 30, pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated Monday morning at Southampton Town Justice Court.

Mr. 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 that then struck 56-year-old Donna Sartori of Middle Island, and then hit her car, authorities said.

Ms. Sartori was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

More charges against Mr. Perez could be forthcoming. During his arraignment, prosecutors said the county vehicular crimes bureau is investigating, and might also be pursuing the case, looking at it for a possible grand jury presentation.

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.

In court, prosecutors said Mr. Perez had previously been convicted of criminal possession of a weapon, a class E felony.

Mr. Perez, a single father of a 10-year-old son, is currently attending Suffolk County Community College, and is scheduled to graduate this July. He had been hoping to attend Cornell University as a pre-med student, his attorney said in court.

Family members, including Mr. Perez’s mother and siblings attended the arraignment, but declined to comment on his behalf.

Mr. Perez will be turning custody of his son over to his mother, he said.

He is being held on $250,000 cash bail, or $500,000 bond, set by Justice Barbara Wilson. He is due back in court on Jan. 10.

Southampton Town Detectives are asking anyone who may have information about the crash to contact the Southampton Town Detectives at 631-702-2230; or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.