Southampton blotter: Man threw bag of cocaine out of car window

08/12/2014 8:00 AM |

A Rocky Point man with a suspended driver’s license threw packets of drugs out of the window of his SUV just before a traffic stop on Flanders Road late Saturday, according to a Southampton Town police report.

The man — identified by police as 35-year-old John Smith III — is now facing felony charges for drug possession and tampering with evidence, as well as several misdemeanors for unlicensed driving and drug possession, police said.

Police spotted a 1994 Jeep Cherokee heading south on Flanders Road about 11:50 p.m. with a headlight out, according to a police report. When the officer tried to pull the vehicle over, he saw Mr. Smith throw a plastic bag out the driver’s side window, according to the report.

Police say the bag contained crack cocaine, as well as six smaller, yellow plastic bags with more cocaine inside. The officer ran a DMV check of Mr. Smith’s license and found that it had been suspended 12 times and that his vehicle’s registration was also suspended over a lapse in insurance, according to a police report.

Mr. Smith was arrested and charged with felony criminal possession of a controlled substance, felony tampering with physical evidence, two counts of misdemeanor criminal possession of a controlled substance and one misdemeanor for aggravated unlicensed driving, police said.

• A Riverhead woman was charged with driving while intoxicated after she was caught speeding in Northampton Sunday night, Southampton Town police said.

Police said 38-year-old Katrina Williams was breaking the speed limit on Lake Avenue about 11:05 p.m. and didn’t signal a right turn onto Wildwood Trail. Ms. Williams was pulled over, but refused to take a breath test.

An officer determined she was drunk and arrested her at the scene. She was charged with misdemeanor DWI and violations for speeding, turning unsafely, and refusing to taken a breath test.

• An East Hampton woman was caught with hypodermic needles and paper envelopes with heroin inside in a church parking lot in Riverside last Wednesday, police said.

An officer investigated after he spotted a man urinating in public at the parking lot on Old Quogue Road about 5:40 p.m., according to a police report. Nearby, police found 30-year-old Lisa Young was sitting in the driver’s seat of a parked 2004 Dodge pickup truck.

The cop saw an open container of Bud Light MangoRita and had Ms. Young exit the truck, police said. When she did, the officer spotted a paper envelope of heroin “in plain view” on the floor of the car, according to a police report.

Police searched Ms. Young and found she was in possession of two hypodermic needles and three empty paper envelopes, as well as another envelope containing heroin in her purse, according to the report.

She was arrested and charged with misdemeanor criminal possession of a controlled substance and a violation for an open alcohol container. Her passenger was charged with a violation for urinating in public.

• A 44-year-old Riverhead woman was caught speeding in Riverside last Monday night, Aug. 4, despite having 21 suspensions on her drivers license, Southampton Town police said.

Police said Julia Shoffner was stopped about 10:50 p.m. on Flanders Road, where a check of her DMV records revealed that Ms. Shoffner’s license had been revoked.

She was arrested and charged with aggravated unlicensed driving, a felony, police said. Her vehicle was impounded by police, according to a police report.

• Someone took $1,500 in cash out of a Riverside man’s wallet last Thursday morning, according to an incident report.

The victim told police that sometime between midnight and 10:30 a.m., 15 $100 bills were taken out of his wallet. Police spoke to the man’s roommates, who said they were not aware of any wrongdoing, police said.

The theft is still under investigation.