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Apr 16, 2019 2:31 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Man Who Dragged Officer With His Vehicle In Montauk Pleads Guilty

Apr 16, 2019 3:43 PM

A Sag Harbor man accused of dragging a police officer with his vehicle in the Montauk 7-Eleven parking lot over Labor Day weekend pleaded guilty to a string of felony charges in Suffolk County Court on Monday.

The most serious charge was assault in the second degree with intent to cause physical injury, according to court records.

East Hampton Town Police said Andrew Hellman, 36, had been drinking on September 1 before he dragged an officer with his vehicle and then, while speeding away, overturned the vehicle just west of the 7-Eleven on Montauk Highway with passengers inside.

According to police, Officer Andrew Nimmo attempted to prevent Mr. Hellman from driving in an intoxicated state from the 7-Eleven, outside of which Mr. Hellman, the driver, was among a group of people, all of whom appeared intoxicated and were sitting in the parked car.

The officer approached Mr. Hellman, who then put the vehicle into drive, police said. When Officer Nimmo reached into the vehicle to remove the keys from the ignition to try to stop him, Mr. Hellman sped off, dragging the officer several feet in the parking lot and injuring him when he was thrown from the vehicle.

Officer Nimmo was treated for his injuries at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital and later released.

Police said Mr. Hellman continued at an unsafe speed onto Montauk Highway, traveling west, before losing control and overturning his 2001 GMC approximately 100 yards west of the 7-Eleven.

Mr. Hellman and his four passengers were extricated from the overturned vehicle, and no one else was hurt in the incident.

At the time of the arrest, police said, Mr. Hellman was in possession of 20 small plastic bags and one small glass jar containing cocaine. In addition, multiple pills, including Adderall, Vyvanse and green rectangular pills said to be Alprazolam, all in plastic bags, were found in the car, police said.

Mr. Hellman was taken into custody and charged with assault in the second degree with intent to cause physical injury with a weapon—the weapon being his vehicle—which is the felony charge he pleaded guilty to on Monday along with criminal possession of a narcotic drug in the fourth degree, a felony; criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, a felony; reckless endangerment in the second degree, a misdemeanor; misdemeanor DWI; reckless driving under the vehicle and traffic law, a misdemeanor; and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation.

A graduate of East Hampton High School and a real estate agent, Mr. Hellman was arraigned September 2 before East Hampton Town Justice Steven Tekulsky, who set bail at $7,500 cash or $15,000 bond.

At his arraignment in Suffolk County Court in Riverhead on September 17, 2018, bail was set at $500,000 bond, or $250,000 cash by Judge Stephen Braslow, which Mr. Hellman failed to post at the time.

He is scheduled to be sentenced on July 15 by Judge Braslow in Suffolk County Court.

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