Crimes Nearby: Man Takes Car Out for Joyride, Faces Hefty Bail, Cops Say

In other crimes nearby, man leaps from moving, stolen car and leads police on chase, cops said.

Editor's Note: The following information was supplied by various town police departments. A criminal charge is only an accusation and does not indicate guilt.

Westhampton-Hampton Bays

•Alfredo Ajcuc, 33, of Hampton Bays, was arrested on a felony charge of unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the first degree, as well as a misdemeanor DWI charge. According to police reports, he was observed driving over the curb on Canoe Place Road while heading toward Montauk Highway. He was pulled over and reportedly performed poorly on all field sobriety tests.


• A Southampton man reported to police that he believes his brake lines and rear fuel pump wires were cut by a couple of men with whom he got into an argument. Police reports state the victim got into a dispute with the two men after he saw them at a private home on the Shinnecock Indian Reservation, where he had personal property stored and feared was going to be stolen.

• Southampton Town police say they have tracked down and arrested a man who leaped from a car he stole — while the vehicle was still in motion — and evaded a helicopter, a K-9 unit and officers from multiple agencies. Carlos Garcia, 21, of Hampton Bays, stole the Mazda from Union Street in Hampton Bays Thursday night, and when he was spotted by SUNY Stony Brook Southampton campus police officers at 8:50 p.m. driving through Shinnecock Hills, he fled, according to town police. He abandoned the car near the Middle Pond Road and Dellaria Avenue intersection, and it kept going, crashing through a split rail fence then into a mooring in a creek that connects with Middle Pond, police said. Town police called in a Suffolk police helicopter, Suffolk sheriff's K-9 Unit and Southampton Village police to assist in setting up a perimeter and searching for the suspect, but the search was fruitless, and called off at 10 p.m. Thursday. Then on Monday, police found Garcia and charged him with grand larceny in the third degree, a felony.

• Eric Lehr, 34, of Smithtown, was arrested by Southampton Town police March 24 and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, both misdemeanors. According to the arrest report, he was stopped for a traffic infraction on North Sea Road around 11:30 a.m. and was said to have a controlled substance on him.

East Hampton

• This week, police released the name of a man arrested following the St. Patrick's Day parade in Montauk on March 17.

Jorge E. Meza, 29, of East Hampton, is facing charges of reckless driving and third-degree fleeing an officer in a motor vehicle, both misdemeanors. Police on foot patrol said they saw a Suzuki motorcycle heading west in the eastbound lane, passing several vehicles that were stopped in traffic after the parade. As the motorcycle pulled into traffic on Montauk Highway, police told the driver to pull over into the shoulder, shut the engine off and take off his helmet.

Instead, Meza sped off at a high rate of speed west in the eastbound lane. The officer alerted other law enforcement officials working in Montauk, and Shelter Island Police Officer Christopher Drake, also on foot patrol, attempted to stop the motorcycle. Meza swerved around the officer, "narrowly missing him in an attempt to get away," the report said. He was eventually stopped by several officers in marked police cars on South Emerson Avenue.

Meza was initially charged with reckless driving, and released on his own recognizance with an appearance ticket for arraignment in East Hampton Town Justice Court on April 10. After discussion with the Suffolk County District Attorney's office, police additionally charged him with fleeing a police officer.

• An East Hampton man with a history of drunken driving convictions took someone’s car out for a joyride and is now being held at the jail on a total of $30,200 cash and $101,000 bond following an arrest on Sunday, according to East Hampton Town police.

Diego A. Sisalima Carchipulla, who is 24, was arrested in Wainscott at about 1:15 a.m., following a tip about an erratic driver. A white sedan was reported to be "all over the roadway" traveling west on Montauk Highway. Police found the driver inside the Hess-mart.

While police looked up information on the 1997 Mercury, the driver got back behind the wheel and proceeded to pull out and head east. Police said he did not signal while making a left onto the highway. The officer followed the vehicle, which slowed to 20 mph and then back up to 40 mph several times, the report said. The vehicle also reportedly drifted halfway into the westbound lane before the driver tried to correct it, only to drift into the eastbound shoulder.

John Pine April 05, 2013 at 01:35 AM
So let me get this, Jorge can flee the police, almost hit an officer, yet get released on his own recognizance. Amazing.
Dennis April 06, 2013 at 05:10 PM


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