Cops: Erratic Driving Leads To DWI Charge for East Hampton Man

Police said 29-year-old defendant nearly sideswiped multiple vehicles as he weaved down Country Road 39.

The following arrests were reported by the Southampton Town Police Department east of the Shinnecock Canal over the past week. A charge is an accusation. Defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


• Hernan Otavalo, 29, of East Hampton, was arrested and charged with DWI, a misdemeanor, on Sept. 8. According to police, Otavalo was driving a 2001 GMC pickup truck on County Road 39 in Southampton at around 11:30 p.m. when they stopped him for failing to maintain a lane and nearly sideswiping multiple vehicles. When police stopped him, they said he had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath, bloodshot, glassy eyes and was unsteady on his feet. He failed a field sobriety test and breathalyzer, police said. He was also charged with unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and unsafe lane changing, both violations.


• Peter Esposito, 48, of West Islip, was arrested on Sept. 28, charged with DWI, a misdemeanor. According to police Esposito was driving eastbound on Montauk Highway in Sagaponack at around 8:30 p.m. when he was stopped for speeding. When police approached him they said he had a strong smell of alcohol on his breath, glassy, bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and was unsteady on his feet. Esposito failed a field sobriety test and a breathalyzer test and was arrested. He was also charged with speeding, driving with an open container and making an improper turn, all violations.


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