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Jun 5, 2012 6:52 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: Water Mill Man Charged With DWI After Police Chase Ends In Single-Car Crash

Jun 7, 2012 4:19 PM

A Water Mill man was charged with DWI after he led police on a high speed chase through Southampton Village on Tuesday afternoon before crashing his red 1984 Jaguar XJ6 into a rock wall.

James Burdette Robles, 53, of Water Mill was fleeing from police when he missed a sharp turn heading westbound on North Sea-Mecox Road and ran off the road, ending a brief car chase that began at Schmidt’s Market on North Sea Road.

Mr. Robles was extricated from the car by the Southampton Village Fire Department and was taken to Southampton Hospital by the Southampton Volunteer Ambulance, where he was treated and released several hours later, according to Southampton Village Police Detective Sergeant Herman Lamison.

No one else was injured in the single-car accident. Mr. Robles was charged with DWI, a felony, as well as third-degree unlawful fleeing from a police officer in a motor vehicle, reckless driving and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, all misdemeanors. According to police, this was Mr. Robles’s fourth DWI arrest since 1987, and he has a total of 19 arrests dating back to 1977.

Det. Sgt. Lamison said that Village Police received a call from workers at Schmidt’s about an intoxicated man attempting to operate the Jaguar, which had a Chariots of Fire auto mechanic sticker on its trunk. When police arrived, he had exited the parking lot onto North Sea Road heading northbound. When police attempted to stop the car, Mr. Robles led them on a 4 mile pursuit, ending at North Sea Mecox Road and Kings Lane.

Mr. Robles did not make the nearly 45-degree turn just after the intersection of North Sea Mecox Road and North Main Street.

“There’s about 120 feet of skid marks, which is a good indication that he was traveling too fast,” Det. Sgt. Lamison said.

Residents who live on North Sea Mecox Road came out to spectate while crews attended to the scene.

“It’s a dicey curve at best,” said Brian Luckey, who lives just a few hundred feet from the scene of the accident. “This is getting dangerous. I’m surprised nobody’s died yet. There are motorcycles that come down here at 60 or 70 mph. I call it North Sea Mecox Highway now.”

Mr. Luckey said he was pulling his surf board out of his shed when he heard the “distinct sound of a police car engine,” a siren and then a “boom.” He said he helped direct traffic until crews arrived.

Southampton Town Police and State Police also responded to the scene, Det. Sgt. Lamison said.

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Complete disregard for the law, community and fellow motorist. A selfish  act by a potential intoxicated individual could have ended the lives of a family driving home from school. For what????? Great job svpd for getting this man off our streets!  Great job by the individual that observed this guy and called pd. Throw the book at this guy and put him away before someone innocent gets hurt by him. 
By Common Scense (24), Southampton on Jun 5, 12 10:14 PM
Henry Rd. Speedway these days too...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jun 5, 12 11:16 PM
A tractor trailer was FLYING down Tuckahoe Lane doing at least 55, one of many., along with countless cars, and pickups
......WTF? I'm afraid to go out and get my mail. People don't even move over. They get as close as they can to you. I may have to take matters into my own hands.......
By clamdigger (85), Quogue on Jun 5, 12 11:37 PM
Time for the police to start cracking down on the large trucks. Many are using the smaller roads now that are not designed for that kind of traffic at high speeds. This becoming as important an issue as the DWI's out there.
By V.Tomanoku (790), southampton on Jun 6, 12 7:35 AM
3 Police Depts responded and we do not have a name? Who are the cops covering for this time? A fellow cop? A PBA donor or friend? Regardless, the local judges will just give the offender a slap on the wrist.
By G (342), Southampton on Jun 6, 12 8:13 AM
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So now that they released his name, posted his picture in the press and threw the book at him, are you going to retract your paranoid post? Or did they come and take you to the gulag already?
By lucky and aware (44), Speonk on Jun 6, 12 6:01 PM
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Four DWI's-time for judges to start putting these people in jail
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Jun 6, 12 11:23 AM
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By Tay (35), Hampton Bays on Jun 6, 12 12:26 PM
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By johnj (1024), Westhampton on Jun 6, 12 12:27 PM
Isn't there mandatory jail after a third DWI? What's this guy doing on the road still? Get him off!
By goldenrod (505), southampton on Jun 7, 12 8:40 AM
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"Residents who live on North Sea Mecox Road came out to spectate"

To spectate? That's just heinous. They came out to watch. Ditch the thesaurus.
By btdt (449), water mill on Jun 7, 12 1:18 PM
19 arrests & 4 DWIs and he's still on the road because?! This is appalling. Thank goodness no one got in his way. It is way past time to do something about the speeders & DWIs in this Town. These should be the number one priority of all police departments.
By Ms. Jane Q. Public (147), Southampton on Jun 8, 12 8:43 AM
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Lock him up and throw away the key!
By steve457 (22), southampton on Jun 8, 12 8:52 AM
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