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Jul 24, 2012 2:51 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

East End DWI Task Force Makes Nine Arrests Over Weekend

Jul 24, 2012 6:08 PM

Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas J. Spota’s new East End DWI Task Force, a multi-law enforcement agency formed earlier this summer, netted nine arrests last weekend, including seven on drunken driving charges, while also issuing 30 tickets.

Officers from the Suffolk County sheriff’s office and Southampton Town and Southampton Village police departments were deployed across the town, centered mostly in Hampton Bays, from about 8 p.m. on Saturday to about 4 a.m. on Sunday.

The effort also resulted in one arrest for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a misdemeanor, and another for criminal possession of marijuana in the fourth degree and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree, also misdemeanors. Additionally, officers issued an appearance ticket for a violation of the Alcohol Beverage Control Law to a minor who was in possession of alcohol. No accidents or serious injuries were reported during the overnight operation.

Police said the following seven people were charged with misdemeanor DWI:

Brendan P. Fox, 21, of Hampton Bays was arrested at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday on Cora Court in Hampton Bays after he was observed making an unsafe lane change, a violation. He was arrested after officers responded to a dispute at the intersection of Springville Road and saw Mr. Fox driving erratically with the front door of his Audi open.

Shreyas Sudarshan, 27, of Dallas was arrested at 12:16 a.m. Sunday on Sunrise Highway, near North Road in Southampton, and charged with aggravated DWI, meaning that his BAC was greater than 0.18 percent, or more than double the legal limit of 0.08 percent. He was stopped for failing to maintain his lane and for driving 40 mph in a 55-mph zone. Mr. Sudarshan told officers he had been drinking champagne earlier in the evening, police said.

Alexandra R. Kulick, 33, of Los Angeles was arrested at 4:06 a.m. Sunday on County Road 39 in Southampton and also charged with moving from her lane unsafely and improperly signaling, both violations. She was originally stopped for failing to signal before changing lanes.

Jennifer L. Rosenbloom, 40, of Manhattan was arrested at 2:31 a.m. Sunday on West Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays after she was stopped for failing to maintain her lane while driving a 2012 BMW.

Alexander Fuentes, 34, of East Patchogue was arrested at 3:26 a.m. Sunday on Flanders Road in Hampton Bays after officers said he was stopped for making a wide right turn. They also said he failed to maintain his lane and had a broken license plate lamp.

Gina Champion, 49, of Manorville was arrested at 11:29 p.m. Saturday on Good Ground Road in Hampton Bays after police said she crossed over the double yellow line.

And Jason A. Rodriguez, 28, of Mamaroneck, New York, was arrested at 12:45 a.m. on Sunday on East Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays. Police did not explain why they pulled him over.

In addition, Justin H. Guy, 25, of Massapequa Park was arrested at 2:44 a.m. Sunday on Springville Road in Hampton Bays and charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of marijuana and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, both misdemeanors, and moving from his lane unsafely, a violation. Police said Mr. Guy had some marijuana in his center console and a large quantity of it in his trunk. He also had a suspended license and was in possession of a large quantity of money, officers said. His Mercedes-Benz was impounded.

Finally, Timothy R. Jordan, 21, of Hampton Bays was taken into custody at 1:15 a.m. Sunday on Ponquogue Avenue in Hampton Bays and charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor. Authorities said Mr. Jordan, who was in possession of cocaine, was stopped for having a broken license plate lamp.

The task force is funded by the D.A.’s office and a statewide Special Traffic Options Program for Driving While Intoxicated-DWI, or STOP-DWI. Police officers were sworn in as special investigators so they could work in jurisdictions outside their own.

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Congratulations to District Attorney Thomas Spota and the Chiefs of Police of the five eastern towns and villages of Suffolk County for instituting this worthwhile law enforcment initiative. It is a great utilization of resources which
is bringing about great results with respect to driving while intoxicated offenders. Our roadways will be much safer!
By Jimion (129), Hampton Bays on Jul 24, 12 7:25 PM
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