- A Shirley man was placed under arrest on forgery charges during a routine traffic stop on Jan. 24. According to police, Pernell Mitchell, 45 was driving a 1997 Dodge Caravan on Old Riverhead Moriches Road at around 8:30 p.m. when he was stopped for failing to maintain a lane of travel. While running his information police discovered that he had switched license plates, the vehicle was uninsured, unregistered and uninspected. Police also discovered that Mitchell had allegedly altered information on his New York State Driver’s license and that he had an outstanding warrant from the office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Mitchell was arrested and charged with second-degree forgery, a class D felony, having an unregistered and uninsured vehicle, both violations. He was held by Town of Southampton Police until they transported custody to ICE agents.
- New York State Troopers arrested John McGloine, 61, of Riverhead on a drunken driving charge on Jan. 21. According to police McGloine was driving on Sunrise Highway in the Town of Southampton when he lost control of his vehicle and slid off the roadway. When police arrived they discovered McGloine to be intoxicated. He was processed and charged with DWI, a misdemeanor. He is due back in Town of Southampton Court on Feb. 3.
- Hector Garcia, 31, of Riverhead was arrested on a drunken driving charge on Jan. 26. According to police Garcia was driving a 2000 Toyota 4-Runner on County Road 104 at around 11:20 a.m. when he was stopped for a using his cell phone at the intersection of Old Quogue Road in Riverside. When questioned, police discovered that Garcia was intoxicated and was driving on a suspended license. He was arrested and charged with DWI, a misdemeanor, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and prohibited use of a cell phone, both violations.