Two East Quogue men are facing burglary charges after one of the men, who was also subsequently charged with DWI, crashed into a guardrail on the Beach Lane Bridge in Westhampton Beach while trying to flee from Dune Road early Saturday morning.
Quogue Village Police responded to an automatic burglar alarm at a Dune Road home at 3:52 a.m. on February 23. A Westhampton Beach Police officer, who was called to the scene as mutual aid, spotted a black 2004 Ford Expedition speeding away from a neighboring home in Quogue. The officer followed the vehicle but lost track of it for a short time. He then spotted the SUV again after it had struck the guardrail on the bridge, disabling the vehicle.
Police said the driver, 20-year-old Diego Molina, lost control while turning onto the bridge and hit the guardrail. The Westhampton Beach Village Police officer then charged Mr. Molina with DWI, a misdemeanor, at about 5:15 a.m.
Quogue Village Police, who responded a short time later, then charged Mr. Molina with second-degree burglary and second-degree criminal mischief, both felonies, as well as criminal possession of burglary tools and second-degree criminal trespassing, both misdemeanors, in connection with the attempted break-in on Dune Road in Quogue.
Brendan Hennessey, 21, of East Quogue, who was a passenger in Mr. Molina’s vehicle, was also charged with second-degree burglary, second-degree criminal mischief, both felonies, and criminal possession of burglary tools and second-degree criminal trespassing, both misdemeanors, according to authorities.
Police said nothing was removed from the house, which was unoccupied at the time. They did note that the two men used an unknown object to break a glass door and that there was some damage to the house’s interior.