Under Age and Over Limit
Being too young to drink legally didn’t stop a 20-year-old East Hampton man from getting too drunk to drive last Thursday night, according to an East Hampton Town police report.
Just minutes after midnight on Friday, police said, an officer was driving south on Springs-Fireplace Road when a car driven by Frederick Stephens Jr. whizzed by in the opposite direction going about 65 miles per hour in a 40-mile-per-hour zone. The officer turned around in pursuit, pulling Mr. Stephens over at the intersection of Oceanview Avenue and Presidio Place, the police said.
When the officer approached the car and spoke with Mr. Stephens, he said he smelled alcohol on Mr. Stephens’s breath and saw an open bottle of Smirnoff in the cup holder next to him, the report says.
Mr. Stephens failed routine sobriety tests and a breath test, police said.
He was arrested and taken to headquarters, where he allegedly failed another breath test, with a reading of a .11 blood alcohol level.
He was charged with driving while intoxicated and was released the next day without bail.
In the early hours of Saturday morning, police pulled over Gregory M. Dunham, 30, of East Hampton, on Fort Pond Boulevard in Springs, where they said he was driving 43 in a 30-mile-per-hour zone. Allegedly smelling alcohol, an officer asked him to step out of the car. Mr. Dunham failed roadside sobriety tests, police said, and was arrested and taken to headquarters where he was charged with driving while intoxicated after police recorded a blood alcohol level of .11.
Bail was set the next morning at $200.
In Montauk, East Hampton Town police arrested Frank F. Wymbs of Armonk, N.Y., a little after 2 a.m. Monday morning. Mr. Wymbs was pulled over on Second House Road for allegedly driving 60 in a 40-mile-per-hour zone. Mr. Wymbs failed roadside sobriety tests and refused to take a breath test, according to a police spokesman. He was arrested and taken to headquarters, where he was charged with a first offense driving while intoxicated as well as refusal to take the breath test.
He appeared for arraignment later that day before East Hampton Justice Catherine A. Cahill, who asked Mr. Wymbs if he had ever been arrested.
“About 15 or more years ago I had a D.W.I. That was in Newburgh,” Mr. Wymbs replied.
Mr. Wymbs told the court that he spent half his time in Armonk, and the other half in Montauk, where he worked on a charter boat.
Justice Cahill suspended his license, “based on the fact that you refused to submit to a chemical test.” She initially was going to set bail at $350, when Mr. Wymbs told her he only had $250. She reduced the bail amount and suggested that Mr. Wymbs begin to search for a lawyer immediately, reminding him that he had told the arresting officer “that you had had a few beers at your sister’s house,” and adding that this statement could and probably would be used against him during any trial.