North Sea Man Charged With DWI After Hitting Tree While Fleeing Police


A North Sea man who tried to flee from police on Saturday night, taking down a mailbox and hitting a pair of landscaping stones in his neighborhood in the process, was finally apprehended after crashing his car into a tree, according to Southampton Town Police.

John Marcincuk, 52, was arrested at 7:48 p.m. near the intersection of Majors Path and Raynor Road and charged with DWI, which was elevated to a felony because of a previous DWI conviction from 2010, police said.

Officers said they tried to pull Mr. Marcincuk over on North Sea Road after observing him driving erratically, but instead of stopping, he sped away. They said he then proceeded to hit a mailbox, as well as two rocks and several shrubs on Raynor Road, before striking the tree near Majors Path, according to police.

In addition to DWI, Mr. Marcincuk was charged with unlawfully fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor, as well as leaving the scene of an accident, refusing a breath screen test, reckless driving, driving across a divided barrier, speeding, moving from a lane unsafely, failing to stop at a red light, failure to keep right, failure to signal, having an unsafe tire and failing to stop at a stop sign, all violations.

Mr. Marcincuk was held overnight and arraigned Sunday in the Southampton Town Justice Court. He was still being held in Suffolk County Jail in Riverside without bail as of earlier this week.

Three Hospitalized After
Northampton Accident

Three people were transported to the Peconic Bay Medical Center with minor injuries after the car they were in rolled off Speonk-Riverhead Road in Northampton on Monday morning.

The Eastport Fire Department responded to the scene at 7:19 a.m. and found that the three individuals had already been helped out of the car by a passing motorist, who came across the vehicle while it was resting on its side next to the road, Eastport Fire Department spokesman Bud Mazura said.

The car, which was headed south at the time, ended up crossing the double-yellow line and continued off the road, according to Mr. Mazura.

Southampton Town Police responded to the scene. They did not immediately identify those in the vehicle, or explain what caused the single-car accident.

All three were transported by the Flanders-Northampton Volunteer Ambulance to the Riverhead hospital with undisclosed injuries.

“Nineteen firefighters responded with one heavy rescue unit, one pumper, one traffic control vehicle, and directed traffic around the scene for a half-hour,” Mr. Mazura wrote in a press release.

Mom Waiting For Bus
Sees Man Masturbating

A Speonk woman told Southampton Town Police that an unknown man exposed himself and masturbated in front her while she was waiting for her kids to be dropped off after school last Thursday afternoon.

The woman said the man, whom she described only as black and driving a white pickup truck, was parked in front of her home on Jagger Path at around 3 p.m. on June 12 as she was waiting to get her children off the school bus.

The victim told police that the man was parked for about a minute before lifting himself up from his seat so he could expose his genitals and started to masturbate. He stopped and quickly drove away after seeing the bus turn onto the street, according to the woman.

The incident is under investigation.

Man Suffers Injury
In Two-Car Crash

A Southampton man was transported to Southampton Hospital after being involved in a two-car accident in Water Mill two weeks ago.

John Laffey, 54, rolled his car after colliding with another vehicle on Deerfield Road, near the Middle Line Highway intersection, at 11:11 a.m. on June 7, Southampton Town Police Sergeant Susan Ralph said.

The other driver, 19-year-old Celeste Wecker of Connecticut, pulled out in front of Mr. Laffey after making a right turn from Middle Line Highway, Sgt. Ralph said. Mr. Laffey was unable to slow down in time and collided with Ms. Wecker’s vehicle.

Mr. Laffey, who suffered undisclosed injuries, was transported by Southampton Volunteer Ambulance to Southampton Hospital.

Neither driver was cited in relation to the accident, police said.

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