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Town Charges 2 with Aggravated DWI

Both drivers had significant elevated blood alcohol levels, police say.

East Hampton Town police File photo
East Hampton Town police File photo

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

• Victor H. Basantez-Marcas, 30, of Springs, was arrested and charged with aggravated DWI, a misdemeanor levied when a blood alcohol level is above .18, on Dec. 12. Police said they were called about an unknown person in a driveway on Ridge Drive at about 10:20 p.m. When police arrived, they saw a vehicle backing out of the driveway in an unsafe manner. Police activated their overhead lights, and the vehicle abruptly pulled forward off the street and back up the driveway, according to the report. As police approached the vehicle, the driver was attempting to go in reverse, again. Police had him put it in park and shut off the ignition. The driver, who produced an Ecuadorian ID, appeared intoxicated. He performed poorly on field sobriety test, and was placed under arrest, police said. In addition to the drunken driving charge, he was also charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, also a misdemeanor. He was released on $350 bail.

• Dylan M. Johnson, 23, of East Hampton, was also charged with aggravated DWI on Dec. 6 at about 2:40 a.m. According to police, he was driving west on Montauk Highway, near Accabonac Road, at about 2:20 a.m. when he began to swerve. Police sad they saw him cross over the pavement markings into the shoulder and then into the safety zone several times. He then drove in two lanes on Main Street, police said. He was stopped, near Park Place. He allegedly appeared intoxicated. Police said he was not able to perform all the field sobriety tests. Police had to assist him because he was in danger of falling. Held for morning arraignment, he was released on $250 bail.

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