Crimes Nearby: Thrown Chair Leads To Assault Charge for Phoenix House Teen

Victim's lip was slip open and a tooth was pushed back, East Hampton Town police say.

Phoenix House in Wainscott Credit: Google Map
Phoenix House in Wainscott Credit: Google Map

The following information was supplied by the East End police departments and the Suffolk County police. A criminal charge is only an accusation and does not indicate guilt.


• A 17-year-old Phoenix House resident was arrested on a felony assault charge after he threw a chair at another resident, which split his upper lip open and loosened an upper front tooth, East Hampton Town police said. 

Police were called to the Wainscott facility on Industrial Road on Nov. 26 at about 10:15 a.m. for an aided case. 

The victim, who was bleeding, told police he was about to sit down for a meal when his chair was pulled out from under him, causing him to fall on his butt. When he got up, he saw the defendant and thought he had pulled the chair away. The victim said he slid the chair across the floor toward the defendant, hitting him in the leg. That's when the defendant picked up the chair and threw it at him, hitting him in the face. 


• A Center Moriches man is accused of driving drunk on Nov. 30 after police said he sideswiped a marked police car that was performing a traffic stop on Montauk Highway in Eastport. According to police, Jhony Morente, 29, was driving a 1998 Ford near the intersection of Montauk Highway and Bay Avenue North at around 1:30 a.m. when he struck the police car. Police said they noticed an odor of alcohol on his breath and that he had slurred speech, bloodshot, glassy eyes and was unsteady on his feet.

Police conducted a field sobriety test, which he failed, and he blew a .18 on a breathalyzer test. Police said Morente also had multiple open Corona bottles in his vehicle and that he was driving on a revoked license without a court-required Interlock device. He was arrested at the scene and charged with DWI, a misdemeanor, felony aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the first degree, second-degree unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor, circumventing an interlock device, moving lanes unsafely, failing to yield to an emergency vehicle and consuming alcohol in a motor vehicle, all violations.


• A Manhattan man was cuffed on Wednesday after police said he drove drunk with two kids in the car in Southold. According to Southold Town police, Christopher D. Niemeth, 44, was arrested at 2:42 p.m. at Watersedge Way after a possible hit-and-run accident.

Police said after the crash, the smell of alcohol was detected on his breath.

Niemeth, police said, failed several roadside sobriety tests and was arrested and charged driving while intoxicated. He was also charged with two counts of aggravated DWI, for driving drunk with two children in the car, under Leandra's Law, a felony, and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor.


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