EH: Crashes Lead To Drunken Driving Charges

Two women were arrested by East Hampton Town police following separate motor vehicle accidents in recent days, charged with drunken driving. The department made five arrests on misdemeanor driving while intoxicated for the week.

Danielle Waleko, 25, was driving a 2018 Volkswagen when, at the intersection of Buckskill and Cove Hollow Roads, she allegedly veered into a sign post, then a tree, before driving off, heading for Route 114.

Police, responding to a 911 call reporting the accident, said they found numerous front-end car parts matching the Volkswagen at the scene, and broadcast an alert. A Sag Harbor Village officer spotted the damaged car on Franklin Avenue and made a traffic stop, after which the East Hampton Town police took over the investigation.

It is not clear from the report if there was a witness to the incident, but she was pulled over on Franklin Avenue in Sag Harbor. “I remember hitting a bump by the Red Horse Market,” she told police.

A passenger in her car complained of pain and was taken to the hospital. Because police said a breath test indicated a blood alcohol percentage of 0.19 of 1 percent, the misdemeanor charge against Waleko was raised to the aggravated level, automatic with any reading over 0.18. She was also charged with leaving the scene of an accident. She was released without bail.

Paula A. Baron, 28, was arrested the night of July 16. She has a Miami home address, but had been working as a server in Montauk for the season. Driving a 2006 Infiniti, she was involved in a one-car crash on East Lake Drive in Montauk, the police said. “What’s the limit?” she reportedly asked the arresting officer as she refused a breath test. “I will never get that.” She was released the next morning after posting $500 bail.

Skyler Richman, 28, of Manhattan was driving a 2003 Jaguar when she was pulled over early Saturday morning for allegedly illegally passing another car on Amagansett Main Street early Saturday. With a reported 0.15 reading, she was released on $250 bail later that day.

Daniel Andresen, 38, of Long Beach, was headed west out of downtown Montauk in a 2016 Dodge Ram pickup the evening of July 16 when he was pulled over for allegedly speeding. Besides the DWI charges, Andresen, a fisherman, was also charged with possession of concentrated cannabis, a misdemeanor. He was released the next morning on $250 bail.

Gilles Lorans, 74, of Springs, was stopped on Springs-Fireplace Road in a 1991 Lexus for alleged erratic driving. A homeowner in the town and a former insurance executive from France, he was released without bail Sunday morning, with a future date on East Hampton Town Justice Court’s criminal calendar.

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