Stony Hill Road Rollover Leads To DWI Charge

T. E. McMorrow
Michael Gabriel Pina-Barros, shown here being taken to his Saturday arraignment, survived a rollover of the SUV he was driving, relatively unscathed, police reported, but was placed under arrest on a DWI charge.

A rollover accident on Stony Hill Road in Amagansett the evening of Friday, July 12, resulted in the arrest of the driver on a misdemeanor driving while intoxicated charge.

According to his statement to police, Michael Gabriel Pina-Barros, 20, had just left a job worksite on Laurel Hill Lane when he turned the 2001 Honda he was driving onto Stony Hill Road. As he approached Accabonac Road, Pina-Barros told police he swerved to avoid a pothole, then swerved again to avoid hitting a tree. At this point, the vehicle went up an embankment and flipped over, ending up in the middle of Stony Hill Road.

The East Hampton man did not report any injuries, police said. Allegedly failing sobriety tests, he was placed under arrest, and taken to headquarters, where he refused to take a breath test, the police reported. Besides the DWI charge, he also was charged with unlicensed driving, and was arraigned the morning of July 13.

East Hampton Town Justice Lisa Rana told Pina-Barros that his license was suspended for the next year, pending a hearing at the Department of Motor Vehicles, for allegedly refusing the breath test. She released him without bail.

Jose Rodezno, 52, of Riverhead was charged with misdemeanor aggravated DWI after being pulled over by East Hampton Town police a little before 7:30 in the morning, July 8. Police said he was behind the wheel of a 2002 Infiniti on Cedar Street near Hands Creek Road, moving at 54 miles per hour, where the speed limit is 30. The arresting officer said that Rodezno had an open 24-ounce can of beer in the car.

He took a breath test at headquarters, police said, with a .18 of one percent reading, high enough to trigger the raised aggravated charge.

Rafael Enrique Alvarez, 25, who splits the year living and working seasonally between Miami and Montauk, was pulled over on Industrial Road in Montauk a little after midnight July 11 for allegedly failing to turn on his headlights. Failing sobriety tests, he too was charged with misdemeanor DWI. He also was released the next day without bail.

Jonathan Barros-Guevara, 25, of Springs was arrested Sunday morning, July 14, after being pulled over on Springs Fireplace Road. His arrest happened too late for him to be arraigned that morning, so he was held until the following day, when he was released without bail.

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