Cops: Ex-con crashed car in Riverside while driving high on drugs

NY STATE POLICE PHOTO | A mugshot of Denzel Faines from his arrest in 2009.

An ex-convict who was recently released from prison after he plead guilty to a drug charge was arrested Monday afternoon when he crashed into a median in Riverside while driving high on drugs, Southampton Town police said.

Denzel Faines, 21, of Medford was “driving erratically” on County Road 51 about 3:30 p.m. when he lost control of his vehicle and drove through the median, disabling his vehicle, according to a police report.

Police said an investigation found Mr. Faines was driving under the influence of drugs. Police did not release what kind of drug Mr. Faines had allegedly used while driving.

The suspect was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs, a felony, and second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, a misdemeanor, according to the report.

Mr. Faines was arrested with two other men on Nov. 28, 2009 by New York State police after a traffic stop, according to a police statement.

State police said the vehicle Mr. Faines was a passenger in smelled of marijuana. Police searched the car and found 58 tablets of ecstasy, 13 grams of crack cocaine, 41 grams of marijuana, and two ounces of liquid codeine, according to the report.

Mr. Faines was charged with three counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

He later plead down to a violation and was sentenced to time already served, according to justice court reports from 2010.

Last June, Mr. Faines was arrested by Suffolk County police and charged with operating a motor vehicle impaired by drugs, a misdemeanor, as well as several traffic infractions, according to Suffolk County court reports.

On May 17, he pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor and was sentenced to four months in prison and had his license revoked.

He was arraigned Tuesday morning for the latest incident and was taken to Suffolk County jail to be held on $6,500 bail, court officials said. He is due back in court on July 27.

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