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Southampton Blotter: Laurel man charged in drug arrest on Flanders Road

A Laurel man was caught driving under the influence of drugs last Tuesday in Hampton Bays, police said. 

Alan Pearl, 36, was stopped by police on Bellows Pond Road near Flanders Road for failing to stay in his lane, striking two utility poles and nearly causing multiple accidents, according to authorities.

Upon investigation, police determined he was under the influence of drugs and in possession of suboxone, a prescription pain reliever, police said.

Mr. Pearl was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and driving while under the influence of drugs, officials said.

• A Riverhead man was arrested after allegedly threatening and attempting to choke his boss after getting fired on Saturday in Speonk, according to police.

Fredrick Harris, 60, was allegedly captured on multiple surveillance cameras at an industrial complex reaching for his boss, police said. He was charged with third-degree menacing, a misdemeanor, according to a report.

• A Riverhead man was caught driving drunk Saturday evening in Hampton Bays, police said.

Antonio Vargas, 38, was charged with misdemeanor DWI after police responded to a single car accident on Flanders Road near Bellows Pond Road, officials said. The car was overturned and off the roadway, according to police. Upon investigation, police found Mr. Vargas to be intoxicated and transported him via Flanders Volunteer Ambulance to Peconic Bay Medical Center, where he was released and issued a ticket to appear in Southampton Town Justice court at a later date.

• Police responded to reports of an armed robbery at a Riverside gas station late last Thursday, according to authorities.

A caller told police an unknown man dressed in black displayed what appeared to be a gun in an attempt to rob Shamrock gas station on Flanders Road, police said. The man, who was unsuccessful in taking any cash, fled on foot down Ludlam Avenue, according to police. A search for the man following the incident was unsuccessful, officials said.

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 The charges against them may later be reduced or withdrawn, or they may be found innocent.