Five Large Leads To Two Felony Charges

Peggy Spellman Hoey

If accounts furnished by Southampton Town police are accurate, Leonel Quinilla made two big mistakes on the night of May 13 — he drank five beers and then got in a traffic accident.

Quinella, 30, of Riverside, was driving on Route 105 when the accident occurred, according to a Southampton Town Police report. Rather than wait for police to arrive, though, he fled into the woods, leaving the vehicle at the scene. A witness saw him running and notified police. He was spotted on nearby Ludlam Avenue a short time later and allegedly uttered a damning indictment: “I drank five large Coronas.”

A computer check revealed a prior DWI conviction, triggering a felony count this time around. A charge of first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, another felony, was added when a hit came up on his license, which had apparently been suspended or revoked. Quinilla was also hit with several violations. He was arrested and arraigned, and will have to answer the charges in court next month.

Speaking of revoked licenses, Enrique Moreno-Ara, 53, of Riverhead was arrested for allegedly driving without one in Flanders on May 13. Police took him into custody after an active warrant for his arrest popped up. He was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation as was Miguel Segoviano, 37, after he was stopped on Westhampton-Riverhead Road on May 13 for inadequate lights on his vehicle.

Timothy Kelledy, 49, was arrested May 13 and charged with misdemeanor third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation; he didn’t have car insurance or a proper registration, either, police maintained.

Shanice Woodson, 31, of Riverhead was arrested May 17 after operating a vehicle that did not belong to her, police said.

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