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Southampton Blotter: Pair of domestic abuse arrests involving children

Southampton Town police arrested a Flanders woman on an assault charge in Riverside on Nov. 19. 

The 20-year-old was allegedly recorded on video striking her three-year-old child multiple times with a belt at their Ludlam Avenue home at around 11:55 p.m., police said.

She was charged with second-degree assault, a felony, and acting in a manner to injure a child under 17, a misdemeanor, police said. Her name is not being reported to protect the identity of the child.

• A 20-year-old man was arrested on an assault charge on Nov. 22 in Riverside.

The man was arrested on Old Quogue Road at around 6:30 a.m. after police spoke with a woman at Peconic Bay Medical Center who said she was assaulted by him in the presence of her children after a verbal dispute escalated, police said. She also said that the man took her cellphone to prevent her from calling police, officials said.

He was charged with third-degree assault, fourth-degree criminal mischief, and acting in a manner to injure a child less than 17, all misdemeanors, police said. His name is not being reported to protect the identity of the victim.

• Police arrested a Westhampton Beach man for driving under the influence of drugs on Nov. 16 in Flanders.

Patrick Gray, 35, was stopped for failing to signal and failing to stop at a stop sign at around 10:30 p.m. on Flanders Avenue, police said. When stopped, he reportedly smelled of alcohol, had slurred speech, was unbalanced and failed standard field sobriety tests. He was administered tests that proved he was under the influence of marijuana and PCP, police said.

Mr. Gray was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs with a prior conviction and first-degree unlicensed operation, both felonies, and numerous traffic violations, police said.

• Police arrested a 29-year-old man for drunken driving in Flanders on Nov. 21.

C. Mendoza-Baquiax, of Flanders, was seen entering Flanders Road from the 7-Eleven parking lot at around 2:15 a.m. in an unsafe manner, causing another vehicle to skid in order to avoid an accident, police said. Upon being stopped, Mr. Mendoza-Baquiax smelled strongly of alcohol, was unsteady standing and failed standard field sobriety tests, officials said.

He was charged with driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor, and failing to yield the right of way, a violation.

• A Calverton man was arrested for circumventing his interlock device in Riverside on Nov. 22.

Jovito Garcia, 39, was seen driving on Pine Street at around 4:20 p.m. with only one headlight, police said. Once stopped, the officer allegedly learned that Mr. Garcia was supposed to have an interlock device.

He was charged with circumventing an interlock device, a misdemeanor, and driving without a headlight, a violation.

• Police arrested a Riverhead man for circumventing an interlock device in Tuckahoe on Nov. 18.

Darmin Cojon, 33, was stopped for speeding and failing to use a turn signal on County Road 39 at around 10:30 p.m., police said. The officer then learned that Mr. Cojon had a suspended license and was supposed to be using an interlock device, according to a report.

He was charged with circumventing an interlock device and second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, both misdemeanors.

• Police arrested a Brooklyn man for driving with a suspended license on Nov. 18 in Riverside.

Faris Huremovic, 21, was stopped for an equipment violation at around 10:45 a.m. on Ludlam Avenue when police learned he had a suspended driver’s license, officials said.

He was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor, and having nontransparent side windows, a violation.

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.