Cops: machete-wielding drunk driver had child in car

06/03/2010 12:00 AM |

A drunken Flanders man chased several people with a machete near Phillips Avenue Elementary School in Riverside Friday night and then took off in his car with his 3-year-old child in the back seat before he was arrested, according to Southampton Town Police.

Carlos Tezen, 26, of Evergreen Road was caught after police found him driving while intoxicated on Ludlam Avenue in Riverside around 8:30 p.m. Friday, police said. His son was in the back seat, without proper child safety restraints, police said.

After he was stopped, Mr. Tezen presented police with a fraudulent North Carolina driver’s license, officials said. He was charged with felony DWI, third-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, second-degree menacing, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, and endangering the welfare of a child. He was also found to have entered the United States illegally and was to be held for removal proceedings, authorities said.

Mr. Tezen’s son was returned to his mother at the scene of the traffic stop, police said.

Driving while intoxicated with a child in a car results in a felony charge under a new law called Leandra’s law.

* Shawn Foreman, 28, of Ludlam Avenue in Riverside was charged with DWI early Monday near Shinnecock and Wakeman roads in Hampton Bays, police said. Mr. Foreman was pulled over about 2:51 a.m. for driving a car with a suspended registration and he performed poorly on a field sobriety test and also failed a breath test, according to police.

* Edvin Yelmo, 27, of Priscilla Avenue in Flanders was charged with DWI about 2 a.m. Saturday morning on Flanders Road and Townsend Avenue in Flanders, police said. He was stopped for failing to stay in a lane and was found to have bloodshot, glassy eyes, and poor coordination, according to police.

* Ezequiel Top, 28, of Maryland Boulevard in Hampton Bays was charged with aggravated DWI Monday at about 3 a.m. on Flanders Road and Oak Avenue in Flanders. He was observed driving with both the front and rear passenger-side tires flat, and he failed to stay in the lane, police said. He had an odor of alcohol on his breath and showed other signs of being intoxicated, according to police.

* Peter Goldstein, 34, of Rockne Street in Staten Island was charged with DWI Sunday night on Flanders Road in Hampton Bays. He was observed driving through a safety zone and failing to signal a lane change, and was found to be intoxicated, according to police, who said he refused a breath test, and also was found in possession of Vicodin, a controlled substance.

* Segundo Pizarro, 30, of Riverside Avenue in Flanders was charged with DWI about 3:30 a.m. Saturday on Flanders Road and Long Neck Boulevard in Flanders. He was stopped for swerving in and out of a lane and was found to be intoxicated, according to police.

* Catalino Vasquez, 26, of Old Riverhead Road in Westhampton Beach was charged with driving while ability impaired last Thursday night on Bell Avenue and Flanders Road in Flanders. He was stopped for moving from a lane unsafely and was found to be impaired, according to police, who also charged him with unlicensed operation.

* Yorlin Pastrana, 20, of Evergreen Road in Flanders was charged with DWI Saturday night on Flanders Road and Ludlam Avenue in Riverside. He was stopped for failing to yield the right of way and making an improper right turn and was found to be intoxicated, according to police.

* Melissa Densing, 29, of Riverhead was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance Monday night on Flanders Road in Flanders. She was pulled over for a traffic infraction when it was discovered that her license had been suspended several times, raising the charge against her to a felony, according to police. She was charged with first-degree unlicensed operation. Subsequent to her arrest, she was found to be in possession of two types of controlled substances, resulting in the additional charge, police said.

* Armando Felix, 30, of Horton Avenue in Riverhead was charged with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation May 24 on Flying Point Road in Southampton, where he was involved in a traffic accident. It was discovered that his license had been suspended for a prior DWI conviction, according to police.

* A Flanders woman reported last Monday that someone had opened an HSBC bank account in her name without her authorization and that she first learned of it when she got a letter from a law office claiming she owed $1,005 on the account. The woman told police she had never had an HSBC account.

* A 2002 Yamaha Blaster ATV quad was reported stolen from the yard of a home on Point Road in Flanders last Monday. The owner of the quad said he had purchased it for $900 about a year ago, according to police.

* A Sony stereo, five doorknobs, two toilet seats and two pool sticks were reported stolen Saturday from a house that was broken into on East Street in Flanders. The inside of the house was vandalized and someone burned insulation in the basement, according to police.

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.