Town Police Logs: Another Charge Levied Against St. Paddy's Day Driver

Also this week, police report a man violated an order of protection.

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

• This week, police released the name of a man arrested following the St. Patrick's Day parade in Montauk on March 17.

Jorge E. Meza, 29, of East Hampton, is facing charges of reckless driving and third-degree fleeing an officer in a motor vehicle, both misdemeanors. Police on foot patrol said they saw a Suzuki motorcycle heading west in the eastbound lane, passing several vehicle that were stopped in traffic after the parade. As the motorcycle pulled into traffic on Montauk Highway, police told the driver to pull over into the shoulder, shut the engine off and take off his helmet.

Instead, Meza sped off at a high rate of speed west in the eastbound lane. The officer alerted other law enforcement officials working in Montauk, and Shelter Island Police Officer Christopher Drake, also on foot patrol, attempted to stop the motorcycle. Meza swerved around the officer, "narrowly missing him in an attempt to get away," the report said. He was eventually stopped by several officers in marked police cars on South Emerson Avenue.

Meza was initially charged with reckless driving, and released on his own recognizance with an appearance ticket for arraignment in East Hampton Town Justice Court on April 10. After discussion with the Suffolk County District Attorney's office, police additionally charged him with fleeing a police officer.

OP Allegedly Violated

• Romeo V. Pitt, 36, of Bridgehampton, was arrested on a charge of criminal contempt in the first-degree, a felony, and second-degree aggravated harassment, a misdemeanor, after police said he called his former girlfriend, violating a court order, on March 23. The call was placed to a Montauk address at about 2:40 p.m., and Pitt's attorney arranged for him to turned himself into police on March 26. Arraigned in East Hampton Town Justice Court, Pitt was held at the Suffolk County jail in Riverside on $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond. He was released after posting bail the following day.


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