Three accidents led to three arrests by East Hampton Town police of area residents this past week on misdemeanor driving while intoxicated charges.
According to police, a 2008 GMC pickup being driven by Lisa Ann Kleinsmith, 49, of Sag Harbor crashed into a tree on the night of October 25 on Montauk Boulevard near Route 114. After the accident, she reportedly left the scene on foot. She was found a short distance away minutes after the crash, police said, adding that she told them that she was going to walk home.
The other two accidents happened around midnight Saturday, in less than an hour of each other.
A 17-year-old who has a parent living in Amagansett was behind the wheel of a 2011 Mazda when he lost control on Cranberry Hole Road, crashing through the shrubbery and bushes near Napeaque State Park. According to the police, the Mazda suffered extensive damage, but the youth, who was not identified because of his age, was unscathed, save for an abrasion on his forehead.
Minutes later, Samuel Doughty, 49, of East Hampton, lost control of the 2001 Toyota he was driving when he swerved to avoid a deer on Accabonac Road near Church Lane, police said. The Toyota crashed into a tree. Doughty refused to take a breath test at headquarters, leading to a suspension of his driving privilege in the state for the next year, pending a hearing at the Department of Motor Vehicles. As with the other two defendants, Doughty, too, was relatively unscathed, though his vehicle suffered extensive front end damage.
All three were held overnight, then released the following morning after being arraigned without having to post bail, but with future dates on the East Hampton Town Justice Court’s criminal calendar.