When a car accident occurs on Long Island, whether or not it is a single-car crash, the police are typically involved in making an accident report. If the Suffolk County or Nassau County police suspect alcohol consumption, there is a good chance that a sobriety test may follow.
Recently it was reported that two separate individuals were arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated after being involved in car accidents. Both DWI arrests took place in the Hamptons with arrests by Suffolk County police.
The first alleged drunk driving accident took place at 8:30 in the morning. A 48-year-old man from Sag Harbor was traveling east on Montauk Highway in Southampton. When a westbound vehicle made a turn in front of him, the 48-year-old's car struck the other car. There were no injuries reported, although from the report it seems as though the 48-year-old may have had the right-of-way.
The 48-year-old has been charged with unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in addition to a drunk driving charge.
The second accident which reportedly involved drinking and driving took place at the corner of Noyac and North Sea roads at about 2:30 in the morning. A Southampton man was unresponsive according to OnStar, an auto security system. OnStar called the police and the police allegedly found the 36-year-old Southampton man attempting to walk away from the scene of a crash. The 36-year-old's tree had apparently struck a tree, and then was driven to a nearby driveway.
It is entirely possible that the man drove his car into the driveway so that it was in a safe place, although the police claim that the 36-year-old was attempting to hide the car. The 36-year-old was charged with a DWI and also is facing charges of leaving the scene of an accident.
Source: Long Island Press, "2 Arrested for DWI Crashes in Hamptons," Timothy Bolger, Oct. 1, 2012
- Our Nassau County law firm represents clients who have been charged with drunk driving accidents such as the two Hampton accidents described in this post.