A Flanders man, who was allegedly driving drunk, was arrested Saturday
morning after he crashed into a Flanders deli and fled the scene,
Southampton Town Police said several people called
911 after Javier Valverde, 23, hit the Hampton Deli on Flanders Road
at 7:15 a.m. His car, which employees at the deli said was a
blue sedan, was later found on Maple Avenue.
Mr. Valverde was charged with DWI and leaving the scene of an accident.
manager Byron Tena said no one was standing in the front of the store,
near where sodas and newspapers are sold, when the car hit.
“There was a big boom,” he said. “He destroyed the whole glass. A whole tray of newspapers.”
He said one customer tried to run after Mr. Valverde once he fled.
The accident also upset the deli’s employees.
“The girls were crying, panicking,” Mr. Tena said. “They wanted to go home.”
The deli reopened up a few hours later, he said.