D.W.I. Leads to Other Charges
A Southampton Town police officer pursued a speeding car whose driver attempted to elude him on Sunday, and wound up finding it parked near the end of Town Line Road in Sagaponack with the lights off, according to a report.
John M. Siedem, 47, of Wainscott was sent to jail, charged with misdemeanor driving while intoxicated.
Police said Mr. Siedem had been driving at a high speed on Sagaponack Road at about 1:28 a.m. and refused to pull over after the officer put on his lights and siren. In the course of questioning, the officer came to believe that Mr. Siedem was intoxicated. He was also charged with refusing to take a breath test and refusing to comply when asked to pull over.
On April 1 a little before 2 a.m., a deer on Two Holes of Water Road in Northwest led to a car crash and a night in jail for the driver, Jennifer G. Lilja, 28, of Springs.
According to a police report, Ms. Lilja was driving a 2009 Volkswagon Jetta with one passenger west on Two Holes of Water Road near Whooping Hollow Road when a deer ran in front of her car, causing her to swerve, go off the road, and crash into a tree.
The police report states that when an officer went to assist her he found her standing behind the car, unsteady on her feet and with the smell of alcohol about her. The report states that she did poorly on roadside sobriety tests and failed a breath test. Taken to headquarters, she allegedly again failed a breath test, showing a blood alcohol content of .18 of 1 percent, which is over twice the legal limit. She wound up with two misdemeanor charges of driving while intoxicated, with bail being set the next morning at $150.
A 23-year-old resident of Southampton was turned over to the Department of Homeland Security last month following a drunken driving arrest on March 18. At 9:20 p.m. that night pulled over a black 2008 Audi on Cedar Street near Old Orchard Lane in East Hampton. The police report said the car was speeding and crossing over a double-yellow line. Rafael de Melo-Godinho, 23, of Southampton was subsequently charged with two misdemeanor counts of driving while intoxicated as well as driving without a license.
When speaking with Mr. De Melo-Godinho, the officer noticed signs that he had been drinking, the police report states. He was asked to perform several roadside sobriety tests, and failed them, as well as a breath test. At headquarters, a second breath test showed a blood alcohol content of .11 of 1 percent. Mr. De Melo-Godinho had bail set the next morning at $750 before immigration officers arrived.
A Sag Harbor man, Kare Slowey-Nilsen, 22, was arrested in Sag Harbor in the early morning hours on Tuesday, Southampton Town police said. He had allegedly been driving erratically on Long Beach Road. He was charged with misdemeanor driving while intoxicated, plus multiple traffic violations, and was held for morning arraignment
A Sag Harbor police officer came upon an accident at the intersection of Bay and Main Streets a little before 4 p.m. on Friday. According to the police report, the driver, Laura M. Nolan, 54, the mayor of North Haven, allegedly had a strong smell of alcohol on her breath, had slurred speech, and was so intoxicated that she could not supply her documentation when asked. She was also too intoxicated to perform a roadside sobriety test, police said. Police levied two charges of misdemeanor driving while intoxicated, as well as a charge of aggravated driving while intoxicated. She was then taken to Southampton Hospital for evaluation.
A 1995 Honda Passport said to have been weaving in and out of a lane on Jermain Avenue in Sag Harbor at about 3:30 a.m. Sunday led to a traffic stop and two felony arrests, according to the Sag Harbor police. According to the charges, the driver initially attempted to evade the officer before pulling over.
Jamie G. Choco, 33, of Sag Harbor looked and sounded intoxicated and performed very poorly on roadside sobriety tests. He was charged with two felony counts of driving while intoxicated, including an 1192-2A-A aggravated driving while intoxicated, which rises to the class E felony level if the driver has previously been convicted of D.W.I. He also was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle and moving violations.