Westhampton Man Charged With DWI, Stealing Plates

Posted on 26 November 2008

A Westhampton man was arrested by Southampton Town Police on a number of counts after police say he not only drove under the influence of alcohol, but also switched license plates with a Noyac resident without her permission.

On Friday, November 21, Rene Paul Torres, 32, was pulled over at Noyac Road and Locust Lane in Noyac at 1:23 a.m. after police said he was unable to maintain his lane of travel. Torres was subsequently charged with driving while intoxicated, as well as for driving an unregistered motor vehicle, both misdemeanor crimes and for switching plates. A Clearview Drive, Noyac resident contacted Southampton Town Police to report that Torres allegedly removed two license plates from her 2003 Dodge pickup truck without permission.

On Thursday, November 23 at 7:45 p.m. Southampton Town Police arrested James J. Jensen, 41, of Sag Harbor on a felony count of driving while intoxicated after they pulled him over on Flanders Road for driving in an erratic manner and found he was allegedly intoxicated. Jensen faces the felony count because he was convicted of a prior driving while intoxicated charge in the last 10 years, said police.

Angel Bamberger, 21, of Sag Harbor was arrested on Sunday, November 23 at 2 a.m. on County Road 39 in Southampton after he was stopped for a traffic infraction and police said they discovered he was in possession of a forged driver’s license. Bamberger was charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second degree, a felony.

On Sunday, November 23 at 5:52 p.m., Sag Harbor Village Police arrested Frank Ruhl Peterson, 56, of Hampton Bays on a number of charges after police said they pulled him over for driving erratically on Main Street, Sag Harbor. According to police, Peterson failed several standard field sobriety tests. Peterson faces a felony charge of aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, as well as a felony charge of driving while ability impaired, in addition to a misdemeanor count of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree and a number of traffic infractions. He was released from East Hampton Town Justice Court on $500 cash bail.

Sag Harbor Village Police arrested Andrew Niles, 33, of Hampton Bays on Saturday, November 22 at 5:50 p.m. after police said he ran a stop sign at Long Island Avenue and was stopped on Route 114 and Fahys Road where police believed him to be intoxicated. Niles faces charges of felony aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the first degree, as well as driving while intoxicated and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence, both misdemeanors. He was released from East Hampton Town Justice Court the following day on $500 cash bail.

After allegedly trespassing at a Cove Road, North Haven residence and then allegedly making an expletive tinged remark at a police officer when she was asked to leave the premises, Ivory L. King, 19, of East Hampton was arrested for disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor on Friday, November 21.

Three individuals were charged with a misdemeanor count of aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the last two weeks, according to Southampton Town Police arrest reports. On Sunday, November 16, police charged Jose G. Salinas, 39, of East Hampton with the crime after they pulled him over at David Whites Lane and County Road 39 in Southampton. The same day, Akeem S. Waldo, 19, of Sag Harbor was arrested on the same count after police say they stopped him on Montauk Highway and Hildreth Lane in Bridgehampton for making an improper u-turn and discovered his license was suspended. On Wednesday, November 19, Cesar R. Jara-Arabito, 28, of Hampton Bays was picked up on the same charge after police pulled him over on Noyac Road in Noyac and said his license had been suspended on an alcohol related charge.

On Monday, November 24, Sag Harbor Village Police arrested three individuals on bench warrants for failure to appear in court. Eric Daniel Egan, 28, of East Hampton, Justin Perry Martell, 32, of Sag Harbor and Pia L. Chepolis, 25, of Sag Harbor all turned themselves into village police.

A Sag Harbor real estate office employee contacted Sag Harbor Village Police on Tuesday, November 18 after receiving a message from a client who allegedly threatened to hurt her own mother if the agency did not rent her home. In the phone message, the woman allegedly said that she would “beat” her mother as she had done so before if the agency did not rent the home. Police spoke to the daughter, who said she was frustrated at the time of making the call. The mother told police the daughter had never hurt her and never would. However, after smelling urine in the residence, police said they contacted Adult Protective Services as a precaution.

A Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton business reported to Southampton Town Police on Friday, November 21 that a 2008 silver Ford Focus was rented and has not been returned despite being due back at the business three weeks ago. The business owner has tried contacting the person via phone, but discovered it was the wrong number. Police are investigating the possible crime.

On Thursday, November 20, an Oakland Drive, Sag Harbor resident contacted town police to report someone entered his Round Pond Lane, Sag Harbor property and turned the water faucet on outside, flooding the basement and causing $5,000 in damage.

A Glenwood Lane, Sagaponack resident contacted town police on Tuesday, November 18 after he discovered a 20-foot extension ladder was removed from his residence sometime between October 21 and November 16.

A campfire appears to have caused a brush fire on Garden Street, behind the Customs House, according to a report filed with Sag Harbor Village Police on Friday, November 21. The blaze was extinguished by the time police arrived on the scene.

On Saturday, November 15, an Oak Drive, Sag Harbor resident reported to town police that someone struck his 2006 Nissan Maxima while it was parked overnight in front of his residence.

A number of mailboxes on Latham Street in Sag Harbor were damaged, according to a report filed with Sag Harbor Village Police on Monday, November 24. 

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