A 47-year-old Brooklyn man was charged with felony DWI on Sunday morning after police said he caused a two-car accident while attempting a U-turn along County Road 39 in Southampton.
One of the eight passengers in Enrique A. Matute’s 2006 GMC was only 10 years old, according to State Police, which automatically upgrades any DWI charge to a felony. Authorities also noted that Mr. Matute had two prior DWI convictions within the past 10 years, resulting with an additional charge of aggravated DWI, also a felony.
He was additionally charged with endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor, and several traffic violations, according to State Police.
Police said Mr. Matute caused the 9:05 a.m. car accident when he failed to yield the right of way while attempting a U-turn just east of Shrubland Road, hitting a vehicle that was also traveling eastbound on County Road 39. Police said Mr. Matute was turning around because he was lost.
There were no injuries reported as a result of the accident, according to authorities.
State Police said Mr. Matute was not related to the child, whose presence prompted a felony charge under Leandra’s Law.
None of the four passengers in the other vehicle, operated by Jadie Detolla, 28, of Setauket, was injured, authorities said.
Mr. Matute was remanded to the Suffolk County Jail in Riverside after his arraignment Monday morning, according to State Police. His bail was set at $12,500.