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Stretch Of Flanders Road Reopened Morning After Crash That Pulled Down Wires; Driver Charged With DWI

Publication: The Southampton Press
By Colleen Reynolds   Dec 27, 2012 10:28 AM
Jan 1, 2013 10:42 AM

Part of Flanders Road in Flanders was closed last Wednesday night, December 26, after Southampton Town Police said an intoxicated driver crashed into a utility pole, ripping down live wires. The stretch of road, between Evergreen Road and Wood Road Trail, was closed overnight before being reopened the following morning.

Daniel R. Halstead, 22, of Calverton struck the pole with his 2000 Chevrolet S10 pickup truck near Glider Avenue at 9:57 p.m. on Wednesday night, December 26, Southampton Town Police Sergeant Herbert Johnson said. The crash caused live wires to fall across the truck and the roadway, closing that part of the road until Long Island Power Authority crews could respond, he said.

“There were live wires across the road and car. They couldn’t get the car out of there until LIPA came and cleared the wires,” Sgt. Johnson explained, adding that he did not know if the crash itself caused a power outage, but said he was sure the power had to be turned off at some point while the wires were cleared.

The road was reopened between between 9 and 10 a.m. the next day, he said.

Mr. Halstead, the sole occupant of his truck, was not injured in the crash, police said. He had left the scene to get help, but returned shortly afterward and admitted to having been the driver, officers said. He failed sobriety tests and was arrested at 10:31 p.m., charged with misdemeanor DWI and held overnight for a morning arraignment in Southampton Town Justice Court.

Following his arraignment, he was remanded to the Suffolk County Jail in Riverside in lieu of $500 bail, court officials said. He is due back in court at 9 a.m. on January 23.

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Double D asked if we could begin a thread about drunk driving;he sited some statistics.
Here is his post from another thread;hopefully we can have a dialogue without the interference of others.

"Phil i cannot help but notice your ability to provide bucket loads of info on most topics. How about giving alchohol related incidents a go.
Over 11,000 deaths in 2012 at the hands of legal poison. Ther is a good start. Maybe you can take it from here. Or not.
By double-D (71), southampton ...more
By philathome (9525), Southampton on Dec 27, 12 11:57 AM
11,000 deaths from drunk driving.
Another topic that demonstrates that people don't take personal responsibility for their own actions and endanger themselves and other innocents because of their own foolish behavior.

I'll venture to say that everyone has at one time or another driven when they shouldn't have;especially when they were young and 'indestructable' .It goes with being young and not realising the depth of the consequences..
By philathome (9525), Southampton on Dec 27, 12 12:02 PM
Okay,let's start a dialogue here.
By philathome (9525), Southampton on Dec 27, 12 12:02 PM
some facts about dwi/dui-

• One person is killed every half-hour due to drunk driving
• Each year approximately 16,000 are killed in alcohol related crashes
• Alcohol is a factor in almost half of all traffic fatalities
• Every other minute a person is seriously injured in an alcohol related crash
By philathome (9525), Southampton on Dec 27, 12 1:15 PM

• Accidents involving alcohol are more likely to occur at night… about five times more likely
• About two-thirds of DUI convictions are for first time offenders
• More than one-third of all fatal traffic accidents involve at least one person with a BAC over 0.08%

Now we have some facts to work with.
This is actually a non-controversial subject;I don't foresee anyone arguing "for" drunk driving.

I think the most dangerous ...more
By philathome (9525), Southampton on Dec 27, 12 1:21 PM
Haven't you heard of DAMM ? Drunks Against Mad Mothers !!
By Bill in Riverhead (190), Riverhead on Dec 27, 12 1:33 PM
@philathome, interesting avatar. Renting beer again?
By V.Tomanoku (599), southampton on Dec 27, 12 11:08 PM
Maybe we should ban alcohol....yeah, we know how that turned out.
By dnice (1460), Hampton Bays on Dec 29, 12 9:42 PM
Because a half ass effort was given 80 years ago we shoiuldn't consider such a thing?
Speaking for myself my intention of comparing alchohol incidents to gun incidents was to expose the pathetic double standard people will put forth to defend what is important to them.
The silence of a large group of blowhards on this site screams how correct i am.
My opinion.
Thanks for the info Phil
By double-D (96), southampton on Jan 2, 13 6:13 PM
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