Two Motorists Accused of DWI

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Two East End residents, both of whom had their licenses revoked for prior DWI offenses, were arrested on Saturday evening in Hampton Bays in separate incidents after police said they were driving drunk with children in their vehicles, according to Southampton Town Police.?Rolando R. Pantaleon, 30, of Flanders was arrested at 6:06 p.m. on Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays after officers said he rear-ended another vehicle, while Paola A. Garcia, 24, of East Hampton was arrested at 7:22 p.m., also on Montauk Highway, after she almost struck a street sign, according to police.?Mr. Pantaleon and Ms. Garcia were charged with driving while intoxicated, a felony count, as well as endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor. No one was injured in the incidents.?Police said Mr. Pantaleon’s infant daughter was in his car at the time of the accident. She was in a car seat, according to police. Officers said Mr. Pantaleon’s wife, who was not identified, picked up their daughter after his arrest.?Police said Mr. Pantaleon was driving with a revoked license as he was convicted of DWI in September 2001 in Southampton Town Justice Court. As a result, he was charged with a felony count of DWI on Saturday. Mr. Pantaleon was also charged with endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor, and first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a felony.?At 7:22 p.m. on Sunday, Ms. Garcia was charged with DWI and first-degree unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, both felonies, and endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor, after she was stopped for a traffic infraction on Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays.?At the time, police said Ms. Garcia had a 6-year-old girl in the car with her, though it is unclear if the child was the woman’s daughter. Officers said the girl was either secured in a car seat or wearing a seat belt.?Ms. Garcia, who was convicted of DWI in May 2005 in East Hampton, almost struck a street sign in Hampton Bays and followed another car too closely before she was pulled over.?”You can take someone’s license away and give them stipulations to not do something, but they have their own thought process, and they can get in the car if they want to,” said Southampton Town Police Sergeant John Boden. “We can say ‘don’t drive,’ but unless you’re sitting on them every day, they can do what they want.”

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