Cops: Barely Intoxicated, Highly Intoxicated

There were three arrests between Sag Harbor and East Hampton Town on drunken driving charges this past weekend, all at the misdemeanor level.

Franklin Michnoff, 55, a seasonal renter in Montauk, was pulled over by East Hampton Town police while driving a 2015 Mercedes Benz on Montauk Highway near the Old Highway in downtown Montauk for allegedly failing to signal a turn as well as swerving a little after midnight Friday, September 28. Failing sobriety tests, he was arrested on a driving while intoxicated charge. At headquarters, police said his breath test produced a reading of .18 of one percent alcohol in the blood. That reading triggered a raised charged of aggravated DWI. While still a misdemeanor, it raises the legal stakes for Michnoff.

He was released Saturday morning after being arraigned without having to post bail.

The two arrested by Sag Harbor Village police over the weekend were Lisa Marie Tomei, 39, of Shirley, and Brian Ferraro, 30, of Springs. Cops say Tomei was driving a 2011 Toyota Venza when she ran the stop sign at Bay and Main Streets early Saturday morning, leading to her stop. Tomei’s breath test allegedly produced a reading of .08, just high enough to merit the drunken driving charge. Ferraro was driving a 2018 Nissan Rogue early Sunday on Route 114 south on Hampton Street when police say he swerved repeatedly across lane lines.

Both were released after being arraigned in Sag Harbor Justice Court without bail, but with a future date on the court’s criminal calendar.

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