DWI “saturation patrols” on December 23 and 24 on the South Fork, part of a countywide effort, netted three arrests of motorists accused of driving while intoxicated.
According to Southampton Town Police, a total of 72 vehicles were stopped between 8 p.m. Friday and 4 a.m. Saturday, and the drivers were screened for impairment. Arrested were:
• Frederic Stephens, 24, of East Hampton, who faces a felony count of DWI because of two prior convictions, a felony count of aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, and circumventing an interlock device, a misdemeanor. Town Police said he was stopped for speeding and driving on the shoulder while southbound on County Road 104 in Riverside. During the stop, investigators said he was found to be intoxicated, and to have a revoked driver’s license, as well as operating a vehicle without an interlock device, as required by court order.
• Henry G. Garcia-Garcia, 28, of Quiogue was charged with DWI after he was stopped when he was observed driving on the shoulder and onto the grass on Montauk Highway near Fairview Avenue in Quogue.
• Michael Ian Heskiaoff, 26, of Southampton was charged with DWI after he was stopped for speeding and crossing the center line while eastbound on County Road 39 in Southampton.
A total of 27 other summonses were issued.
The enforcement effort was part of the Suffolk County district attorney’s office’s East End DWI Task Force. The 10 officers involved were from Southampton Town Police, Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department, Quogue Village Police, East Hampton Town Police, and East Hampton Village Police.
Town Police noted that there were no reports of motor vehicle accidents with injuries townwide during the enforcement effort.
Also, on Thursday, December 22, the State Police based in Riverside conducted an underage drinker enforcement operation in Southampton, Hampton Bays and East Quogue, using an undercover officer. Workers at two establishments were charged with unlawful dealing with a child in the first degree and prohibited sale of an alcoholic beverage, both misdemeanors:
• Alim Atalay, 47, of Riverhead, a clerk at the Empire Mini Mart on Montauk Highway in East Quogue.
• Daniel Walsh, 61, of Southampton, a clerk at Lamp Lighter Wine and Liquors on Jagger Lane in Southampton Village.
Both were issued appearance tickets to appear in court on a later date.
Nine other establishments in Southampton and Hampton Bays were found to be in compliance.