Cops: Mastic Man Ejected In DWI Crash

Gregory Lee’s Buick SUV rolled over after hitting a heavy truck in Northampton Friday. Courtesy Southampton Town Police Department

A Mastic man whom Southampton Town police said was driving drunk was ejected from his SUV after it rolled over in a Northampton crash Friday morning.

Police responded to the two-vehicle crash on County Road 51 at 10:40 AM. Officers discovered 50-year-old Gregory Lee had been driving the 2014 Buick sport utility vehicle when it struck a 2009 International Heavy Truck, driven by Kasey Fitzgibbon, 27.

Lee was ejected from the SUV and seriously injured when it rolled over. Fitzgibbon sustained minor injuries from the impact, police said.

The Flanders Northampton Volunteer Ambulance Corps treated Lee and transported him to Stony Brook University Hospital. They had called for a medevac helicopter to take him to the level-one trauma center, but it was not available due to weather.

Another view of the crash scene. Courtesy Southampton Town Police Department

The New York State Police Accident Reconstruction Unit responded to assist Southampton Town detectives in their investigation.

Police said they determined that Lee was driving under the influence — though they did not say whether it was drugs or alcohol. Lee has at least one previous DWI arrest and he was driving with a suspended license and was supposed to have a device in his vehicle that tests the alcohol on his breath before the ignition will start.

He will be charged with driving while intoxicated, a felony, driving with a suspended license, and driving without a proper ignition interlock device, according to police.

He will be arraigned at Southampton Town Justice Court on a later date.

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