Swerving Catches Officers’ Attention

Paul Morris, was arrested Saturday night in Montauk on a drunken driving charge. Independent/T. E. McMorrow


Three motorists were arrested by East Hampton Town Police last week for drunken driving.

Paul Morris, 59, of Rego Park, Queens, was arrested Saturday night, September 15, after being pulled over on Flamingo Avenue behind the wheel of a 2017 Toyota for allegedly swerving across the double yellow line. During Morris’s arraignment Sunday morning on the misdemeanor charges, East Hampton Town Justice Steven Tekulsky said that a breath test Morris took at headquarters produced a reading of .16 of one percent alcohol in the blood, twice the allowable limit in the state of New York. Morris was released after posting $250 bail.

Marco Ayala, 38, of East Hampton, was arrested Saturday night after being pulled over on Town Lane. Police said he was driving a 2006 Nissan Maxima at night with a burned-out headlight, leading to the stop, and the driving while intoxicated charges. He, too, was released on $250 bail.

Mary LaPenna-Lee, 62, of Springs was pulled over in the same area of Amagansett as Ayala the night of September 10. Police said she ran the stop sign at Abrahams Path and Town Lane in a 2015 Subaru. She refused the station house breath test, meaning her license will be suspended for one year, pending a hearing at the Department of Motor Vehicles. She was released without bail.

Sag Harbor Village police arrested Madeline Hansen, 27, early Sunday morning after stopping her for allegedly swerving onto the grassy shoulder on Howard Street in a 2014 Subaru Forester. During her arraignment on September 16, she was ordered released without bail by Sag Harbor Associate Justice Janine Rayano, but with the warning not to drive unless and until she is issued a hardship license by the DMV.

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