Police: Drunk Driver Almost Causes Head-On Crash In Speonk


A Center Moriches man suffered minor injuries after a Speonk man, later charged with DWI, crossed into oncoming traffic and struck the victim’s car on Saturday night, according to Southampton Town Police.

Twenty-nine-year-old Julio Pirir was arrested just after 7 p.m., near the intersection of Montauk Highway and North Phillips Avenue in Speonk, after authorities said his vehicle veered from the westbound lane and struck the driver’s side door of the victim, a 36-year-old man, who was heading in the opposite direction.

Mr. Pirir was charged with first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, a felony, as well as aggravated DWI, DWI and failure to appear on a bench warrant, all misdemeanors, police said. He was also cited for operating an uninsured vehicle, unlicensed operation of a vehicle, failure to yield and unsafely moving between lanes, all violations.

The injured driver was transported by ambulance to the Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead and treated for minor injuries, according to authorities. Police said there were no other passengers in the vehicle.

After placing Mr. Pirir under arrest, police said they learned that he had an outstanding bench warrant for failing to appear on a DWI charge from December 2013.

He was held overnight and arraigned the following morning in Southampton Town Justice Court. Mr. Pirir was remanded to the Suffolk County Jail in Riverside after failing to post $10,000 cash bail, according to court officials.

$15,000 Cash Stolen

From Storage Unit

A Flanders woman told Southampton Town Police that someone stole $15,000 in cash from her storage unit at Uncle Bob’s Self Storage in Hampton Bays sometime between August 17 and last Friday.

The victim called authorities on Friday after she discovered the theft while trying to take out some money from the Montauk Highway facility. The police report did not specify if the women kept the money inside a lock box in the storage unit.

Police also said they do not know why the victim was keeping such a large sum of money in the storage unit, and did not know what else was inside. They noted, however, that the victim reported only that cash had gone missing.

Detective Sergeant Lisa Costa said detectives are trying to locate others who might have had access to the storage unit. Police said there did not appear to be any signs of forced entry to the facility.

Police: Eastport Man Beat

Woman, Broke Phone

An Eastport man was arrested last Thursday, August 21, after he repeatedly punched a female acquaintance in the face during an argument, according to Southampton Town Police.

Police arrested David Sandberg, 33, of Eastport after they received a call about a domestic dispute on Tuttle Avenue at around 1:30 a.m. He was charged with two counts of fourth-degree criminal mischief, a misdemeanor, after he punched the victim in the face and threw her cellphone across the garage when she attempted to call 911, authorities said.

It is not clear who made the 911 call, but the woman told police that Mr. Sandberg threw the phone and broke it when he saw her trying to call for help.

Mr. Sandberg was transported to police headquarters in Hampton Bays and held overnight. He was arraigned the next morning in Southampton Town Justice Court and released on an appearance ticket. An order of protection was issued as well.

Four Pairs Of Sunglasses

Stolen From Business

An unknown man stole $1,300 worth of sunglasses from the Sunglass Hut in Bridgehampton on August 19, according to Southampton Town Police.

An employee told officers that a man entered the Montauk Highway store at around 4:20 p.m. that day and identified himself as Steve or Steven. The employee noted that, a short time later, she observed the man dart out of the store while he was holding several pairs of sunglasses.

The worker called police and later discovered that four pairs of sunglasses were missing, including black Gucci shades valued at $375 and three pairs of Prada sunglasses worth $275, $330 and $320, respectively.

Detectives are investigating the theft.

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