Southampton police make 3 DWI arrests in Flanders, Riverside Saturday

08/06/2011 9:15 AM |

Southampton Town Police arrested three men on driving while intoxicated charges in three separate car crashes in the Flanders and Riverside area early Saturday.

A woman was hospitalized following a one-car accident near the intersection of County Road 104 and County Road 105 in Riverside about 3:30 a.m. and the driver, the woman’s boyfriend, was arrested for DWI, according to police.

Police said 26-year-old Nivardo Garnica of Hampton Bays failed to negotiate the turn onto County Road 104 while driving south on County Road 105 and drove the 2001 Chrysler minivan into the woods. It is not clear what made him come to a stop.

Mr. Garnica was not seriously injured in the crash and did not require medical attention. Police found his girlfriend, Regina Pascual of East Hampton, unconscious at the scene. Ms. Pascual was taken to Peconic Bay Medical in Riverhead. Mr. Garnica was charged with DWI.

Earlier in the evening, a Flanders man, who had had his license revoked due to a prior driving while intoxicated charge, was arrested in his hometown after he hit a mailbox and fled the scene while driving drunk, police said.

A witness followed 27-year-old Antonio Catalan, who was driving a 2001 Honda, after the crash and alerted police to his location. Police located Mr. Catalan and found him to be intoxicated.

He was charged with felony DWI due to a prior alcohol-related conviction, leaving the scene of an accident with property damage, third-degree unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and multiple traffic violations. The arrest occurred about 12:15 a.m.

About an hour later police arrested Mardoqueo Tezen, 23, of Riverside after he hit a curb in his 1995 Geo while entering the Riverside traffic circle.

Police pulled over Mr. Tezen, who had had his license revoked due to a prior alcohol-related conviction, and found him to be intoxicated.

He was charged with felony DWI, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and traffic violations. The arrest occurred about 1:30 a.m.

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