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Riverhead Blotter: Off-duty cop alerts police to drunken driver

A South Jamesport woman was arrested for driving while intoxicated in Riverhead Sunday. 

Police received a call from an off-duty police officer stating an intoxicated woman was seen leaving a store in Jamesport headed west on Route 25 around 4:45 p.m., officials said. Nearby police found the car, a white Ford with a cracked windshield, and stopped the driver, 43-year-old Irene Bach, for an improper left turn onto Route 105, officials said.

Ms. Bach allegedly had slurred speech and her breath smelled strongly of alcohol. She also went through a stack of cards and said she was unable to find her license as she repeatedly passed over a license without identifying it, police said. She was arrested for misdemeanor DWI and was held for morning arraignment.

• Police arrested a Riverhead man for DWI in Riverhead Sunday.

Ever Yac Ovalle, 21, was involved in a car accident on County Road 58 around 9:30 p.m. when police learned he was intoxicated, officials said.

He was charged with misdemeanor aggravated DWI and held for morning arraignment.

• Jose Velasquez Benitez was arrested for DWI around 2:45 a.m. Sunday on Northville Turnpike, officials said.

• A Riverhead man was arrested for stealing in Riverhead last Tuesday.

James Nowack, 55, was reportedly seen by a Walmart employee removing four car batteries, valued at over $400, from the County Road 58 store around noon. Mr. Nowack than headed southbound on Northville Turnpike pushing the batteries in a shopping cart, officials said, and was found by police near Kings Drive.

He was charged with misdemeanor petit larceny.

• Police arrested a Wading River man for fleeing police in January.

While conducting surveillance, an officer learned that David Osborne, 26, had an active Suffolk County bench warrant and attempted to pull Mr. Osborne over on Elizabeth Drive in Wading River around 8:10 a.m. Jan. 24, officials said. Mr. Osborne continued to drive even as the officer put on his overhead lights. He abandoned his car at 20th Street in Wading River and fled on foot, officials said.

Police went to Mr. Osborne’s house and spoke to his father, who said his son had not returned home. Mr. Osborne was later arrested last Wednesday for third-degree fleeing an officer and reckless driving, both misdemeanors.

• Police arrested Dominick Pilaccio for attempted petit larceny at Target on County Road 58 around 3:45 p.m. last Thursday, officials said.

• Riverhead Town police arrested a Riverhead man for felony third-degree criminal mischief last Thursday.
King Adames, 55, was arrested for his involvement in a criminal mischief incident at Timothy Hill Children’s Ranch around 11:20 a.m., officials said.

• Police are investigating a grand larceny at Skechers in the Tanger Outlet Center as of 6:25 p.m. last Thursday, saying an employee removed over $3,000 worth of merchandise over an extended period of time, 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.