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Apr 10, 2012 10:35 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

North Haven Mayor Charged With DWI

Apr 11, 2012 11:17 AM

The mayor of North Haven Village was arrested and charged with aggravated DWI on Friday after Sag Harbor Village Police said she was too intoxicated to perform any field sobriety tests following an accident at one of Sag Harbor’s main intersections.

Laura M. Nolan, 54, was taken into custody at 3:52 p.m. on Friday at the intersection of Main and Bay streets after an officer on routine patrol observed a motor vehicle accident in which she was involved, police said. Ms. Nolan was charged with aggravated DWI, a misdemeanor charged when a driver has a blood alcohol content greater than 0.18 percent.

Her arrest report does not include details of the accident but states that Ms. Nolan’s breath smelled strongly of “an intoxicating beverage,” her speech was slurred, and she “did not follow simple directions, such as furnishing her driver’s information.” It also states that “she was unable to perform any field sobriety tests due to her high level of intoxication.”

She was taken to Southampton Hospital for medical evaluation before her arrest and then held for a morning arraignment, police said.

Sag Harbor Village Justice Court officials did not release information on her arraignment this week, although the Suffolk County Sheriff’s office said she was not incarcerated at the Suffolk County Jail in Riverside. Ms. Nolan did not return calls seeking comment.

She won reelection to her mayoral seat in an uncontested election in 2010.

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By WHBinManhattan (47), Manhattan/Westhampton on Apr 10, 12 11:41 AM
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Did Anna get any calls?????
By ridiculous (214), hampton bays on Apr 10, 12 5:13 PM
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Wonder why this was not on the local radio station??? Guess it all depends who you are!
By Patty P (3), Sag Harbor on Apr 10, 12 11:57 AM
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I heard it on WLNG the other day and just heard an update today. Not sure about other stations.
By bb (922), Hampton Bays on Apr 12, 12 9:16 AM
Hitting happy hour early. Makes one wonder how many people are driving around sloshed during a regular day.

By C Law (354), Water Mill on Apr 10, 12 12:29 PM
Scary thing can be, is that there are some people in this world who are actually fully functional at that level either by tolerance, or even genetics. They need to blow "legally dead" to be intoxicated like anyone else would be at the mentioned level.

Believe it, or not.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Apr 10, 12 1:02 PM
So, shouldn't people who are fully functional (by which I take it you mean, normally coordinated and rational) at the "legally dead" blood alcohol level NOT be guilty of drunk driving?

After all, when we use the term "drunk driving", we mean driving in an uncoordinated and irrational manner due to inebriation that endangers lives. If a legally dead driver drives as well as a tee-totaling driver, of what is he guilty?

The breathalyzer, while making prosecution of drunk drivers ...more
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Apr 10, 12 5:27 PM
Ummmm, not exactly, but that is an interesting arguement if not strange.

Functional alcoholics are interesting creatures, to say the least.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Apr 10, 12 7:19 PM
Alcohol consumption impairs judgement and slows reaction time even for drinkers with a high tolerance. The legislature has decided that a person with a BAC .08% or higher is presumably intoxicated. It seems like you are saying that being an alcoholic is a defense to driving while intoxicated. Are you?
By HB90 (164), southampton on Apr 13, 12 10:13 PM
to HB90:

No. Briefly, I am saying that BAC is not evidence of drunk driving, only lack of coordination and irrationality are.

The BAC law was passed to make conviction easier since at trial defense lawyers disputed the arresting cops' testimony of what they had witnessed. However, with the now widespread use of video cameras in patrol cars, the law is no longer necessary.

The BAC law is also unfair. If one can exceed .08% and drive normally, one is NOT driving drunk.

But ...more
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Apr 13, 12 11:44 PM
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"Where there is no crime to speak of, it is the only path to promotion and has transmuted the force into a one-trick pony..."

The only path to promotion is the required test...except in Hatworld.
By VOS (1241), WHB on Apr 16, 12 11:18 PM
NYS VTL states its illegal for anyone to operate a motor vehicle with a BAC of .08 or higher and is considered to be intoxicated regardless if their functional or not.
By tookatz (83), westhampton beach on Apr 19, 12 2:54 AM
to tookatz:

I realize that. It is a "per se" statute. My point is that it an unfair law, does NOT determine whether a driver is drunk (although there is certainly a correlation), is no longer necessary, and corrodes the ethics of the police who enforce it.

to VOS:

Promotion depends on objective tests and subjective evaluation. In fact, passing the civil service test for a rank is NOT necessary as was seen in a recent SVPD chief who was appointed without having passed ...more
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Apr 19, 12 11:11 AM
How are they supposed to get home? (an old Sam Kenison Joke)
By TianaBob (256), S.Jamesport on Apr 22, 12 9:56 AM
So sorry for the sudden loss of your husband recently, Laura.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Apr 10, 12 3:27 PM
No doubt she should not have been driving and unfortunately no was was seriously injured. Laura is a very good person who just suffered a traumatic loss -- finding her husband dead at the foot of their home staircase. I have no doubt this situation is related to her trauma. Don't be so quick to condemn her - this was not just someone out on a Friday afternoon getting bombed because that is what she does as a matter of course.
By mrmako61 (148), southampton on Apr 10, 12 6:09 PM
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By mrmako61 (148), southampton on Apr 10, 12 6:09 PM
Don't be quick to judge?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She was drunk, REALLY drunk, and drove!! Got Kids?!
By LI native (127), east moriches on Apr 10, 12 9:53 PM
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I have to agree with LI native. As someone who's lost two friends to DWIs, I personally do not care what problems you have - you do NOT get behind the wheel drunk and ruin someone else's life.
By Ms. Jane Q. Public (147), Southampton on Apr 11, 12 9:03 AM
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I am also sorry for her loss but drinking and DRIVING isn't going to help anything. Drinking is her own issue. Drinking and Driving makes it everyone else's issue.
By bb (922), Hampton Bays on Apr 11, 12 6:02 PM
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My mom always told me "A car is like a loaded gun". Just because she "missed" this time, doesn't take away the potential severity of her poor decision. There are positive ways to cope with grief, drinking and driving is not one of them.
By bchgrl83 (52), Westhampton Beach on Apr 12, 12 8:36 AM
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This article states that an aggravated DWI is a misdemeanor, but I happen to know that it is, in fact, a felony. Perhaps the Press can look into this, and make corrections as needed.
Apr 12, 12 11:59 AM appended by AlwaysLocal
unless the law has changed in the last couple of years, that is
By AlwaysLocal (292), southampton on Apr 12, 12 11:59 AM

The first offense is a misdemeanor charge while second and third offenses result in felony charges. Here is a link to NY DWI laws:

By Court (10), Courtney Ratcliffe, 27east.com on Apr 12, 12 12:20 PM
I have a family member who recieved an aggravated DWI (more than .18 BAC) as a first offense in 2007, and it was considered a felony. This person had never been in touble before, and still it was classified as a felony. I suppose the law may have changed since than, but I find it hard to believe that the law became more lenient.
By AlwaysLocal (292), southampton on Apr 12, 12 4:30 PM
They must have had a prior DWI (in NY or out of state) b/c it would not have been a felony otherwise.
By HB90 (164), southampton on Apr 13, 12 10:15 PM
It becomes a felony charge if convicted of prior DWI within a 10 year period.
By drteedancer (10), East Hampton on Apr 20, 12 3:17 AM
I thank C.Ratcliffe for posting the link re: NYS DWI law. However, the outcome of a DWI case in Suffolk County varies.. Having been through the system & spent time in County jail for DWI, I feel qualified to respond. Please understand that who you have representing you will determine the outcome.If you've been indicted in Riverhead, so much depends on the relationship between your attorney & the prosecuting attorney. I've seen a gentileman from Sayville,NY with 8 DWI's spend no time in jail. Understand ...more
By drteedancer (10), East Hampton on Apr 20, 12 4:26 AM
Perhaps a friend can tell Mrs. Nollan that bereavement counseling is available as of May 9 at Southampton hospital in their palliative care area. It can help so mugh to talk to a professional counselor after such sudden and tragic loss. There is a story about it in 27 East.
By Vikki K (490), Southampton on Apr 21, 12 10:54 AM