It was driving while intoxicated charges involving high profile names that dominated the top-4 most read crime stories on Southampton Patch in 2012. Plus, the hit-and-run death of a Catholic nun in Water Mill was also one of the most talked about stories in Southampton this year.
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Basketball Star Jason Kidd Arrested on DWI Charge
Just days after signing with the New York Knicks, Jason Kidd was arrested July 15 on a drunken driving charge after a single-car crash, according to Southampton Town police.
Police said that Kidd's 2010 Cadillac Escalade struck a telephone pole and went into the woods near the intersection of Cobb Road and Little Cobb Road in Water Mill, not far from his Hamptons house. Kidd, 39, was alone in the car, according to police. He was transported to Southampton Hospital for minor injuries and released into police custody.
Kidd pleaded not guilty on a misdemeanor DWI charge and was released on his own recognizance.
Investigators continue, months later, to search for a hit-and-run driver who fled after fatally striking a nun on July 9. Police identified the fugitive as Carlos Armando Ixpec-Chitay.
The victim, Sister Jacqueline Walsh, a pastoral associate at St. Edward the Confessor in Syosset, was attending a retreat in the Water Mill area with fellow members of the Sisters of Mercy, according to Southampton Town police.
Kyle Soukup — a 27-year-old from Nassau County who served time for assault and manslaughter after killing an engaged couple in 2002 during a drag racing accident in Muttontown — pleaded not guilty Friday to an array of charges that stemmed from a drunk driving arrest in Southampton Village on July 6.
At Suffolk County Criminal Court in Riverside, Justice William Condon set bail at $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond. Soukup was stopped in a black 2012 Ford Edge by a village police officer around 4 a.m. after speeding on White Street and running a stop sign, according to court documents. He could not produce a valid driver's license, failed a field sobriety test and refused to submit to chemical tests, documents state.
A grand jury indicted Soukup on a charge of driving while intoxicated that was elevated to the "E" felony level because of a DWI conviction within the past 10 years. The 10-count indictment also includes aggravated unlicenced operation of a motor vehicle in the first degree, a felony, and resisting arrest and circumventing an interlock device, both misdemeanors, as well as multiple traffic infractions.
Lisa Maria Falcone Charged After Bridgehampton Crash
Lisa Maria Falcone — a 48-year-old film producer and wife of hedge fund manager Phil Falcone — was under the influence of alcohol and prescription drugs when she crashed in Bridgehampton on Saturday afternoon, according to police.
Southampton Town police said they were called to the scene of the accident at 2:25 p.m. near the intersection of Montauk Highway and Hayground Road, where Falcone, driving a 2004 Mercedes four-door, struck another vehicle. No injuries were reported.
Falcone was an executive producer of the Oscar-nominated film "127 Hours" and a producer of 2011's "Win Win" starring Paul Giamatti, according to IMDB.
Her husband, billionaire hedge fund manager Phil Falcone, was charged with fraud by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in June "for illicit conduct that included misappropriation of client assets, market manipulation, and betraying clients."
The Falcones have an estate in Sagaponack, which a contractor filed a $1.2 million lien against in March, according to Suffolk County records.