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BMW Driver Strikes Code Enforcement Officer in Montauk

New Jersey man charged with reckless driving after August incident.

Montauk Train Station Credit: File Photo
Montauk Train Station Credit: File Photo

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

• A 31-year-old Tenafly, N.J. man was arrested in Montauk last month after he struck a code enforcement officer with his car.

Police were called to the Montauk Train station on Fort Pond Road on Aug. 23 at about 6:45 p.m. The victim, Aldi Binozi, who is one of the new part-time code enforcement officers, was nearby, and told police he was working at the train station when he noticed the defendant parked his 2013 BMW in a handicapped zone and asked him to move it. The driver did move it, but blocked the entry and exit for the taxi cab loading and unloading zone, he told police. The driver was asked, again, to move the car, but this time became upset, opening his car door into the officer's legs, according to the report. He then did a U-Turn and struck the officer again, causing him to fall to the ground.

The officer complained of pain in his left knee and lower back.

A sergeant on duty spoke to an assistant district attorney and they decided reckless endangerment in the second-degree, a misdemeanor, was the appropriate charge. At 7:50 p.m., he was placed under arrest, taken to police headquarters, and released on an appearance ticket. He was to be arraigned on Sept. 19.

• Angel N. Namina-Carchipulla, 35, of East Hampton, was arrested on a drunken driving charge on Sept. 15. Police said he was driving a car with an Illinois license plate north on Springs Fireplace Road when he failed to signal a left turn onto Old Fireplace Road at about 9:40 p.m. Police pulled him over and he appeared intoxicated. He was charged with misdemeanor driving while intoxicated. Held overnight, he was released on $350 bail the next day.

• Dennis R. Ketcham, 30, of East Hampton, was arrested on a misdemeanor DWI charge on Sept. 17 in the village. Police said they saw a 2013 Kia cross over the solid double yellow line on Accabonac Road at about 11:55 p.m. His vehicle matched a description of a possible intoxicated driving who had been seen leaving Indian Wells Beach in Amagansett earlier that evening. Police stopped Ketcham, who failed several roadside sobriety tests. He was arrested on Sept. 18 at 12:10 a.m. He refused a breath test, and was charged with three traffic violations. Arraigned in the morning, he was released on $350 bail.
PJ Delia September 24, 2013 at 12:37 PM
I'd like to see the name of the idiot who had a trantrum with his Jersey BMW by injuring a code enforcement officer, twice.
Taylor K. Vecsey (Editor) September 24, 2013 at 12:57 PM
As per Patch policy, we do not name those charged with only one misdemeanor except in cases of DWI.
Illyrian September 25, 2013 at 08:23 AM
You should not put the name of the officer either. The name of the Driver is Jordan Brill.
Taylor K. Vecsey (Editor) September 25, 2013 at 08:58 AM
The victim is an employee of the town.
Illyrian September 25, 2013 at 09:15 AM
Did you ask the victim if he wanted his name online? The Press did not mentioned his name. Too late now. What is done is done.
MARTIN DREW September 25, 2013 at 10:39 AM
Patch - fyi- is a website - they can do whatever they want.. You logged in for whatever reason... So beware ... Some rules don't apply here .. Trust me i know .. Lol

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