EH Court: Three Are Released Without Bail

East Hampton Town Police made two arrests on misdemeanor drunken driving charges this past week.

A Montauk man, David Tuma, 46, was charged with driving while intoxicated after police said they clocked the 2011 Dodge pickup truck he was driving doing 59 miles per hour, headed south on Flamingo Road in Montauk late night May 13. He was held overnight, then was released after being arraigned Friday morning without having to post bail.

A Northwest Woods resident was charged with DWI early Saturday morning, May 18. Juan Suarez-Realpe, 26, while behind the wheel of a 2010 GMC Sierra, was said to have been driving erratically on Fort Pond Boulevard in Springs, leading to a traffic stop and his arrest. After being arraigned in East Hampton Town Justice Court, he, too, was released without bail.

Another man arrested by the department was Adrian Rodriguez, 41, of Springs. In an apparent domestic incident on the evening of May 15 at the residence he shared, at the time, with the complainant, he allegedly struck her several times, then broke her cell phone. He was charged with a simple violation of harassment, along with a much more serious charge of criminal mischief, as a felony. A felony criminal mischief charge is triggered when the value of the item deliberately damaged is $250 or more.

During Rodriguez’s arraignment the next morning, the district attorney’s office asked that bail be set at $2500, while Matthew D’Amato of the Legal Aid Society requested the defendant’s release without bail. D’Amato cited Rodriguez’s lack of a criminal record and long-standing ties to the community.

East Hampton Town Justice Steven Tekulsky agreed with D’Amato. Before ordering Rodriguez released, Tekulsky issued an order requiring him to stay away from the alleged victim.

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