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Logs: Cops Say They Found Defendant Peeling Paint in Cell

Also: A Springs man was charged with felony criminal contempt after violating a court order.

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

• An 18-year-old is being held on $5,000 cash or $25,000 bond after he allegedly peeled the paint off the wall in his cell at East Hampton Town police headquarters on Jan. 13. The young man, whose name was withheld due to his eligibility for youthful offender status, had been picked up the previous day on a bench warrant and he was held overnight for arraignment. Police had just returned with the defendant from court and placed him back in the cell, when he was found standing on a wooden bench in the detention area picking at the paint. A lieutenant assessed the damaged and decided to charge him with fourth-degree criminal mischief, a misdemeanor. He was arraigned, yet again, before Justice Cahill. Later, he was turned over to the Suffolk County Sheriff's office and is being held at the county jail in lieu of bail.

• Jose B. Maria-Jimenez, 24, of Springs, was arrested on a charge of felony criminal contempt and third-degree criminal mischief, also a felony, on Jan. 17. Police received a 911 hang-up call and investigated at about 9:40 a.m. They found there had been a domestic dispute, and Maria-Jimenez had violated a court order. He also punched two passenger windows on a car. A Springs Fire Department ambulance transported him to Southampton Hospital for evaluation of his arm. He was released into the custody of town police, and held overnight for arraignment. Justice Catherine A. Cahill released him the next day on $1,000 bail.

• Mario A. Betancur, 26, of East Hampton, was arrested on drunken driving and drug charges on Jan. 16. At about 11 a.m., police observed Betancur driving a 1999 Acura west on Cedar Street, near Robert's Lane, and stopped him for some traffic violations. The officer smelled a strong odor of burning marijuana inside the vehicle, and he noted Betancur's eyes were glassy and blood shot, and his pupils were dilated. Betancur performed poorly on field sobriety tests, and was arrested. During a search, police found marijuana. He was charged with operating a motor vehicle impaired by drugs in the first-degree and criminal possession of marijuana in the fifth-degree, both misdemeanors, as well as unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation. Justice Cahill released him on $350 bail.

• Gabriel V. Jimbo Quito, 49, of Springs, was arrested on a misdemeanor aggravated DWI charge on Jan. 13. Police saw the headlights on Quito's vehicle turn off for a moment, and then turn back on, while he was traveling on Three Mile Harbor Road at about 4 a.m. He was also allegedly swerving. The officer activated his lights and sirens to perform a traffic stop, but Quito ignored them, police said. The officer turned his siren on in "short bursts," and Quito pulled over, near Copeces Lane. He appeared intoxicated and was arrested at about 4:35 a.m. His blood alcohol was reportedly above .18. Justice Cahill released him on $750 bail.

• Sergio Gonzalez-Rosero, 28, of East Hampton, was arrested on drunken driving charges, after a caller reported an erratic driver on Montauk Highway in Wainscott on Saturday. Police pulled the vehicle over on Montauk Highway, near Jericho Road, at about 9:15 p.m. The driver appeared intoxicated and performed poorly on all field sobriety tests. Held overnight for arraignment, Justice Cahill released him on $1,000.

MARTIN DREW January 23, 2013 at 07:53 PM
$350/$750/$1000 - why the different bail$ ? Why not ju$t $1000.00 As a co$t to driving drunk ... Just saying ... Driving drunk will co$t $1000.00 - to begin with .. Then lawyer$ ; fine$ .. Probation. Etc .. Let's stabilize the bail amount$ .. DWI- you buck up ... No matter WHO YOU think you are ..
MARTIN DREW January 23, 2013 at 07:55 PM
Our right to bear arms shall not be infringed ... YOU don't want to understand ... Go for the guns Obama ; we go for you .. Impeachment ; for your crimes against the American people .... So help us GOD!
Taylor K. Vecsey (Editor) January 23, 2013 at 10:41 PM
Bail is a way to try ensure a defendant will return to court, based on not only the charge they face and their ties to the community but also their history with the court. Those — like the teen who was arrested on the bench warrant — had such a high bail because he failed to show up for court dates. While I can't speak to the different amounts for the defendants charged with DWI, my best guess is that the judge took those factors into account.

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