Southampton police blotter

02/15/2011 12:58 PM |

• A boozed-up 33-year-old Riverhead man trying to flee the scene of a fender bender in Flanders was arrested early Sunday shortly after smacking into the car a second time — and then trying to take off on foot, Southampton Town Police said.

Leonel Xajap of Elton Street had rear-ended a Toyota Highlander just after midnight at the County Road 105 and Flanders Road traffic light in Flanders, police said. But after getting out of his car to speak to the other driver, Mr. Xajap got back in his car in an attempt to leave the scene, ending up hitting the Highlander again, according to police, who said he then walked away from the scene but was apprehended nearby.

Mr. Xajap, who police say is originally from Guatemala, was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, unlicensed operation and leaving the scene of an accident.

• Edgar Griffin, 25, of Bell Avenue in Riverhead was arrested on four counts of drug charges Wednesday afternoon on Port Street in Flanders, officials said.
Police said Mr. Griffin sold crack cocaine to undercover police officers on July 20 on Anchor Street and Glider Avenue in Flanders and on Aug. 30 on Stern Avenue and Deck Street in Flanders.

• Darwin Marquez of Nadel Drive in Riverhead was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana after a traffic stop Feb. 2 on Flanders Road and Donald Avenue in Flanders, police said.

He was first stopped for having insufficient headlights when police said he threw a blue plastic bag of marijuana on the ground as he exited his car, according to police, who also charged him with unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

• Ettore Troiani, 73, of East Quogue was charged with driving while intoxicated Friday afternoon after he was observed passing vehicles in the turning lane on County Road 104 in Flanders, police said.

• Herman Patterson, 27, of Peconic Avenue in Riverhead was charged with third-degree assault Saturday morning at his home following a domestic incident earlier in the day, according to police, who said Mr. Patterson had called police and wanted to turn himself in.

• Lauren Koeneke, 26, of East Tiana Road in Hampton Bays was charged with falsely reporting an incident last Thursday morning on Woodhull Avenue in Flanders, officials said. She had called to report that her car was stolen from her driveway, but upon further investigation, she told an officer that her boyfriend had taken the car and told her to report it stolen, police said.

• David Gray, 31, of Oakview Highway in East Hampton was charged with an open-container violation after he was observed drinking a Four Loko alcoholic energy drink behind McDonald’s on Flanders Road in Riverside, police said.

• About $200 worth of hockey equipment and ice skates and a $50 CD player were reported stolen from an unlocked car parked at Suffolk Community College in Northampton last Monday.

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.