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Jan 20, 2016 1:17 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: Search For Sean Ludwick Began In Puerto Rico And Ended At His East End Home

Sean Ludwick was arraigned in Suffolk County 1st District Court In Central Islip earlier this month.
Jan 21, 2016 12:14 PM

UPDATE: Wednesday, 7:20 p.m.

Mr. Ludwick was arrested by Southampton Town Police at his home on Brick Kiln Road in Bridgehampton Tuesday night, according to Bob Clifford, a spokesman for the Suffolk County district attorney's office.

The search for Mr. Ludwick originally began in Puerto Rico on Friday, January 15, and then moved to the continental United States, Mr. Clifford said.

At Mr. Ludwick's court appearance Wednesday morning, State Supreme Court Justice Fernando Camacho said the court had received information that Mr. Ludwick had been looking into buying a boat that would be large enough for him to travel to South America. He was also planning to take sailing lessons.

The U.S. Marshals Service and other federal authorities helped the district attorney's office when the bench warrant was issued by Justice Camacho last week, Mr. Clifford said.

Further information was not immediately available, including who alerted the court to the information about Mr. Ludwick's actions. However, the alert was "sufficient" because the bench warrant had been issued, Mr. Clifford explained.

Original Story

Sean Ludwick, the part-time Bridgehampton resident accused of crashing his Porsche and leaving his passenger for dead on the side of a Sag Harbor road last summer, attempted to buy a boat while vacationing in Puerto Rico earlier this month so he could flee to South America, according Bob Clifford, a spokesman for the Suffolk County district attorney’s office.

State Supreme Court Justice Fernando Camacho issued a bench warrant for Mr. Ludwick’s arrest at some point this month, but an exact date was not immediately clear, Mr. Clifford said on Wednesday afternoon.

“That warrant was satisfied by the U.S. Marshals Service and other federal authorities,” he said, noting that additional details are still trickling in.

It is unclear where the U.S. Marshal’s Service took Mr. Ludwick into custody.

Mr. Ludwick, who was forced to surrender his passport at a prior arraignment, was allegedly trying to purchase the large boat so he could travel to South America, according to Mr. Clifford. He also noted that Mr. Ludwick was vacationing in Puerto Rico at the time.

According to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website, a passport is not required to travel to Puerto Rico.

Mr. Ludwick, who had been free after previously posting $1 million bond, appeared before Justice Camacho in State Supreme Court in Central Islip on Wednesday morning. He was remanded to the Suffolk County Jail in Riverside shortly after.

Last month, Mr. Ludwick was indicted by a grand jury on 13 criminal charges and was facing up to 32 years in prison if proven guilty.

Southampton Town Police had said they found Mr. Ludwick, 42, standing next to his damaged Porsche convertible on Woodvale Street, about a quarter mile away from the accident scene on Rolling Hill Court East following the accident on August 30. According to authorities, he crashed his car into a utility pole and his passenger, 53-year-old Paul Hansen, a father of two who lived nearby, was later found dead on the side of the road.

Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said earlier this month that forensic evidence demonstrates that Mr. Ludwick dragged Mr. Hansen from his Porsche following the single-car crash. Mr. Ludwick also threw out several of Mr. Hansen's personal belongings in an attempt to get rid of proof that he had ever been in the car, Mr. Spota said.

John Scott Prudenti, the chief of the Suffolk County Vehicular Crimes Bureau, previously noted that Mr. Ludwick’s blood-alcohol level was 0.18 percent, more than double the legal limit, four hours after the accident.

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Karma is a what???!!!!!
By MaryGrady (40), on Jan 20, 16 2:30 PM
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Schmuck...
By Toma Noku (616), Southampton on Jan 20, 16 2:31 PM
That should be the end "out on bail"
By itsamazing (221), Southampton on Jan 20, 16 2:46 PM
bye, bye million dollar bond…………….couldn't happen to a piece of scum more deserving!
By carsrus (65), Hampton Bays on Jan 20, 16 3:40 PM
This is the best news I have read in a long time! I don't think his money is going to get him out of this one!
By disappointed (96), wainscott on Jan 20, 16 4:31 PM
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It almost did though! Thanks God for the US Marshals!
By TheWaterMillian (34), Water Mill on Jan 20, 16 5:49 PM
let's see how long his high priced lawyer stays with him. what a slime ball loser
By xtiego (694), bridgehampton on Jan 20, 16 5:00 PM
Bunk the slime with Big Bubba....
By giant1 (5), quogue on Jan 20, 16 5:28 PM
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Don't drop the soap...
By Draggerman (883), Southampton on Jan 20, 16 5:47 PM
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He has a "troubled" look in that court photo above. What an inconvenience for him.
By Killerfrog (34), Southampton on Jan 20, 16 6:55 PM
"According to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website, a passport is not required to travel to Puerto Rico." Ya think? Did the judge not realize PR is US territory either when revoking passport?
By bambi (73), bridgehampton on Jan 21, 16 6:42 AM
The passport was revoked at his prior arraignment, not after his visit to PR.
By Arnold Timer (315), Sag Harbor on Jan 21, 16 8:56 PM
Desperate dummy
By Lets go mets (343), Southampton on Jan 21, 16 12:22 PM