The following arrests were reported by the Southampton Town Police Department west of the Shinnecock Canal over the past week. A charge is an accusation. Defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
- Benjamin Rosko, 59, of Eastport, was arrested on Oct. 2 on a charge of drunken driving after he crashed his motorcycle in Speonk. Police said he was riding a 1986 Kawasaki motorcycle on Old Country Road at around 8:40 p.m. When police arrived at the accident they said he told them he had been drinking beer. Police noticed a strong odor of alcohol on him, his speech was slurred and he was slow to respond to police orders. Police said Rosko performed poorly on a field sobriety test, as well. The Westhampton War Memorial Ambulance Association transported Rosko to Peconic Bay Medical Center. He was later charged with DWI, a misdemeanor, and following too closely, a violation.
- An East Quogue woman was arrested on Oct. 3 after she tried to walk out of a business with a shopping cart full of items in Hampton Bays. According to police the 43-year-old woman was detained by security at the business, located on Montauk Highway, until police arrived. She’s was charged with petty larceny, a misdemeanor.
- John Moretti, 28, of Manorville, turned himself in at police headquarters on Oct. 3 to answer for an assault charge stemming from an Aug. 24 fight at Neptune’s Beach Bar in Hampton Bays. According to police Moretti is being charged with felony second-degree assault after he allegedly punched another man in the face, causing serious injuries that required surgery. The victim suffered a broken nose and left eye orbital, police said.
- A Peekskill man was arrested in Hampton Bays on Oct. 1 after police found marijuana and cocaine in his vehicle. According to police, the man was stopped on Lighthouse Road at around 1:40 a.m. for failing to maintain his lane of travel while driving a 2003 Acura. Police said they noticed a marijuana cigarette in the ash tray. After searching the vehicle they uncovered a Ziplock bag in the center console with a small quantity of marijuana and three tin foil pouches sealed in plastic containing cocaine. Also,police said they discovered a one dollar bill folded into a square containing more cocaine near the shifter. The man was arrested and charged seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor, as well as possession of marijuana and failure to maintain a lane, both violations.
- Fredy Lopez, 24, of Riverhead, was arrested on Oct. 6 on a drunken driving charge. According to police, Lopez was driving a 1997 Honda Civic on Silverbrook Drive at around 8:30 a.m. and nearly struck multiple vehicles. Two good Samaritans who witnessed Lopez boxed him in with their vehicles and wrestled the keys from him, police said. One witness reportedly held his arm, while the other witness went around to the passenger side and pulled the keys out of the ignition. When police arrived, they gave Lopez a field sobriety test and a breathalyzer. His breathalyzer registered at .25 percent blood alcohol level. Lopez was arrested and charged with aggravated DWI, a misdemeanor, and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, also a misdemeanor.
- A 48-year-old Flanders woman was arrested on Oct. 4 on a drug possession charge. According to police. the woman was driving a 1995 Mercury Sable in a suspicious manner on Flanders Road at around 3:30 a.m. When police pulled the woman over they discovered crack cocaine hidden between her legs and in the vehicle. She was arrested and charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor.