A Westhampton Beach man was charged with driving while under the influence of drugs and multiple counts of drug possession after he lost control of his vehicle, jumped the curb, slammed into a tree and collided with the exterior of a closed bagel shop on Main Street in the village shortly before 7 a.m. on Wednesday.
Westhampton Beach Village Police said that Bryan Going, 39, had to be extracted from his white sedan, which originally came to a rest on its side, following the 6:50 a.m. accident that broke one of the large front windows at Goldberg’s Famous Deli, which has been closed for repairs since September 4 due to a small fire.
Mr. Going, who was treated at the scene for undisclosed injuries, was arrested and charged with driving while under the influence of drugs and two counts of possession of a controlled substance, both misdemeanors, and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation, according to Village Police Lieutenant Trevor Gonce. He declined to identify the drug besides marijuana that was found in Mr. Going’s possession.
Mr. Going was formally charged before being issued a field appearance ticket so he could be transported by the Westhampton War Memorial Ambulance to the Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead. He is expected to appear in Westhampton Beach Village Justice Court on Wednesday, September 21, according to police.
Police said Mr. Going was heading south on Sunset Avenue and, instead of turning right or left when he reached Main Street, continued in that direction until he jumped the curb outside the bagel shop. His car slammed into a tree, sheering bark from its trunk, and came to a rest on its side on the sidewalk, according to witnesses. Westhampton Beach firefighters had to upright the vehicle before extracting Mr. Going.
Westhampton Beach Fire Department Chief Al Tudisco said that firefighters had to temporarily close Main Street while they cleaned up the scene. They also disconnected the vehicle’s battery. Emergency responders removed jagged pieces of broken glass and another cracked pane from the business. Part of the shop’s facade was also damaged in the single-car accident.
Upon arriving at the scene, Chief Tudisco said he immediately thought of Gus Karayianakis and Joyce Takos—the owners of Goldberg’s Famous Deli—who have been working diligently to repair damage from a fire earlier this month. Their shop was going to reopen on Friday, though it wasn’t immediately clear if that would now happen.
“Those poor people,” Chief Tudisco said. “When I heard the call go out, I said, ‘No way.’ I feel so badly for them.”