EH Village Police Charge Felony DWI

Luis Bac Locon was arrested on his birthday in East Hampton Village, charged with felony drunken driving. Independent/T. E. McMorrow

A Riverhead man spent several days in county jail after being arrested on a felony aggravated driving while intoxicated charge by the East Hampton Village police the night of March 7. Luis Bac Locon was driving a 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer when he exited the CVS opposite the Red Horse Market complex, turned without signaling, and swerved across lane lines, the police said, leading to a traffic stop and his eventual arrest. Asked if he had been drinking, Bac Locon reportedly replied, “Yes. It’s my birthday.” He was born on the same date, 35 years ago.

At headquarters, a breath test produced a percentage reading of .20 of one percent alcohol in the blood, triggering the raised aggravated charge.

Bac Locon was convicted on a drunken driving charge less than two years ago, which is why the new DWI charges are felonies, as is as an unlicensed driving charge. Bail was set the next morning at $3500. Bac Locon told the court through his attorney, Matt D’Amato of the Legal Aid Society, that he would not immediately be able to post that amount. Bail was posted on Sunday.

In other DWI news, a Massapequa woman, Linsey D’Ambra, 35, was driving a 2018 Kia on South Emerson Street in Montauk the night of March 9, East Hampton Town police said, moving at 45 miles per hour in a 30 MPH speed limit zone. After being pulled over, she failed sobriety tests and was charged with drunken driving as a misdemeanor.

During her arraignment the next morning, attorney Brian DeSesa told Justice Lisa Rana that D’Ambra’s breath test reading was relatively low (.11), she has never been in trouble with the law before, and was a likely candidate for a plea bargain reduction to an impaired charge, which is a simple violation. Without commenting on the possibility of a reduced sentence, Justice Rana did agree to release D’Ambra without bail.

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