The Southampton Town Police joined officers from the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office East End DWI Task Force Saturday, May 25, at various checkpoints around town. From 8 PM Saturday until 4 AM Sunday, town officers were joined by officers from the Southampton Village Police Department and the East Hampton Town Police Department as well as Suffolk County and New York State police in manning checkpoints.
As usual, Flanders proved to be fertile ground. A checkpoint was set up at Enterprise Zone Drive in Riverside from 9 to 11:30 PM. During that period, 306 vehicles entered the checkpoint and the drivers were screened, resulting in one arrest for driving while intoxicated and one arrest for driving while ability impaired by drugs.
Patrols were used through the town for the rest of the night, resulting in an additional arrest for criminal possession of a controlled substance and aggravated unlicensed driving in the third degree.
Those arrested at the checkpoint were: Patrick Coonradte, 50, of Hampton Bays, driving while intoxicated; and Mauro Chunchi, 32, of Flanders, driving while ability impaired by drugs. Jevohni Brown, 26, of Flanders, was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and aggravated unlicensed driving during the saturation patrol.
All of those arrested were processed at Southampton Town Police headquarters and held for a morning arraignment.
Police said there were no accidents involving injuries reported in the town during the DWI Task Force enforcement. Police said the widespread use of designated drivers was helping keep the number of impaired drivers off the roads.