Hampton Bays assistant fire chief crashes department vehicle, charged with DWI


The first assistant chief of the Hampton Bays Fire Department was charged with DWI Saturday morning after crashing a fire district vehicle into a building near the company’s Montauk Highway firehouse, according to Southampton Town Police.

Stefan Borell, 47, of Hampton Bays was driving a 2008 Chevrolet Suburban at 5:28 a.m. when he hit an office building at 76 West Montauk Highway, according to Town Police Captain Anthony Tenaglia. No other vehicles were involved in the accident. It is not clear where Mr. Borell was heading at the time.

Police said Mr. Borell had to be taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead, where he was treated for a head laceration. He refused to have his blood alcohol level tested and, upon his release from the hospital, was taken into police custody and arraigned the next day, according to authorities.

When reached on Wednesday, Mr. Borell declined to comment on his arrest.

Gerard Buckley, a fire commissioner with the Hampton Bays Fire District, refused to say anything about the incident. “I’m not confirming anything,” Mr. Buckley said when reached on Wednesday morning.

Hampton Bays Fire Department Chief Richard Durand could not be reached for comment.

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