Southampton blotter: Traffic stop leads to cocaine arrest

10/14/2014 2:30 PM |

• An unlicensed Riverhead man was caught swerving across the road while driving drunk in Flanders Saturday, Oct. 4, police said.

A Southampton Town police officer spotted Jose Martinez-Hernandez, 31, around 1:15 a.m. changing lanes on County Route 105 without signaling, then driving into the curb on the left and right sides of the roadway, according to a police report.

Mr. Martinez-Hernandez was pulled over and performed poorly on a roadside sobriety test, police said. The driver was unsteady on his feet, had “bloodshot glassy eyes,” slurred his speech and had the smell of alcohol on his breath, according to police. Police also found an open 12 oz. bottle of Corona beer in the car.

He took a breath test, which indicated a .18 percent blood alcohol content, according to the police report.

Mr. Martinez-Hernandez was arrested and charged with misdemeanor DWI, aggravated unlicensed driving, and false personation, as well as traffic infractions and violations for marijuana possession, drinking an alcoholic beverage in a vehicle, and unlicensed driving.

• A Riverside man was arrested after he threatened a woman with a knife during a dispute in Riverside Thursday, Oct. 2, according to a Southampton Town police report.

Police said 56-year-old John MacInnis got into an argument with a woman about 8:55 p.m. on Pine Street. He allegedly threatened her and broke her front door. Mr. MacInnis left the area before police arrived, but was caught after a Riverhead police K-9 unit found him, according to a police report.

Mr. MacInnis was arrested and charged with felonies for weapons possession and criminal mischief, as well as misdemeanor menacing.

• An Aquebogue man and woman were caught with cocaine during a traffic stop in Flanders Friday, Oct. 3, according to a Southampton Town police report.

Police pulled over 53-year-old Doris Goff on Long Neck Boulevard after spotting her speeding and failing to stay in her lane while driving on Flanders Road about 12:20 a.m., according to the report.

After she was stopped, Ms. Goff gave police consent to search her vehicle, where they found crack cocaine under the rear passenger seat, police said. A passenger in the front seat of the car, 54-year-old Earl Seymore, had an open can of Bud Light beer, police said. When an officer told him to exit the car, Mr. Seymore allegedly dropped crack cocaine from his left hand onto the ground.

Both Ms. Goff and Mr. Seymore were arrested and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor. Ms. Goff faces additional traffic infractions and Mr. Seymore was charged with a violation for drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle.

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.