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Accident Leads To Drunken Driving Arrest in Montauk

Driver claims sun glare caused accident, but police say he was intoxicated.

The following information was supplied by the East Hampton Town Police Department. A criminal charge is only an accusation and does not indicate guilt.

• A New Jersey man was released on $3,000 bond after a day in the Suffolk County jail, following a misdemeanor drunken driving charge in Montauk on Sept. 7.

Police said they were approached by the owner of a 2009 Mercedes convertible, who said that another vehicle hit him from behind as they both traveled east on Montauk Highway, near Twin Ponds Lane, at about 6:10 p.m.

Police said they found Glenn A. Kittren, 43, of Oakland, NJ, sitting in the driver's seat of his parked 1995 Nissan in the south shoulder. The keys were allegedly still in the ignition and the vehicle was running. Kittren appeared intoxicated, according to police.

An accident report said that Kittren told them that he hit the other car due to sun glare — police did note that the sun was setting. Still, he failed all field sobriety tests and his blood alcohol level measured a .22, police said.

At about 6:40 p.m., he was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor levied when a BAC is above .18. Held overnight, Justice Lisa R. Rana set bail at $1,000 cash or $3,000 bond. He was turned over to the Suffolk County Sheriff's office. He was released from jail on Sept. 9, according to jail records.

• Raymond D. Leach, 43, of Springs, was allegedly driving drunk and with a suspend license on Fort Pond Boulevard, in the same hamlet, on Sept. 4. According to police, Leach was driving a 2000 Land Rover, when he made a right turn out of a parking lot and into the oncoming lane of traffic at about 2:40 a.m. He also crossed over the pavement markings, before correcting himself. He reportedly did poorly on field sobriety tests, and was placed under arrest. A check of his license showed that it was suspended on May 21, 2010 and had not been restored. He was charged with driving while intoxicated and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, both misdemeanors, at about 3 a.m. Later that morning, Justice Cahill released him on $250 bail.

• Pedro P Goyes, 38, of Montauk, was charged with misdemeanor DWI on Sept. 3. Police said they saw a Honda traveling south on Flamingo Avenue, near Duryea Avenue, when it crossed over the double-yellow lines into the opposite lane several times at about 3:40 a.m. Goyes was stopped near Culloden Place, and he appeared intoxicated, police said. He performed poorly on field sobriety tests, and was arrested at 4 a.m. Justice Cahill released him on $350 bail.
East Ender September 10, 2013 at 03:34 PM
The drivers were both driving east. The sun was setting. The driver claimed glare. I don't think that argument will work very well in court.
Jimmy King September 10, 2013 at 05:16 PM
UMM the glare came from the reflection in his rear view mirror?

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