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Town Police Logs: Thefts Lead To ICE Hold for Springs Man

Also, drunken driver nearly collides with police car.

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

• Detectives filed charges against a man whom they say rifled through several vehicles parked in a driveway on Three Mile Harbor-Hog Creek Road in Springs on New Year's Day.

Marvin U. Araniva-Ortiz, who is 26 and lives on nearby Corbin Avenue, is being held on an immigration hold at the Suffolk County jail in Riverside. East Hampton Town Justice Lisa R. Rana also set his bail at $7,500 cash or $15,000 bond.

On Jan. 1, a homeowner reported the larcenies to East Hampton Town police. He said items had been taken from two vehicles in his driveway between midnight and 4:30 a.m. Though a suspect was name, police had difficulty communicating with him due a language barrier and his intoxicated condition, a police report said.

They followed up with him later, and he gave police permission to search his apartment. Police found the items that were reported stolen, and Araniva-Ortiz was arrested.

Though police did not provide information about the stolen items, Araniva-Ortiz was charged with two counts of fourth-degree grand larceny, a felony, as well two misdemeanors; third-degree criminal trespass, and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.

DWI Charges

• Luis Zeas, 33, of East Hampton, was arrested on charges of driving drunk with a suspended license in East Hampton on Jan. 5. Police said they almost crashed with a 2002 Dodge Durango on Three Mile Harbor Road, near Morris Park Lane, when it crossed over the double yellow line, causing the officer to swerve to avoid being struck at about 5 a.m. The officer turned her patrol car around and stopped it, near Jackson Street. The driver appeared intoxicated, and a check of the defendant's driving record showed his license had been suspended on Dec. 28, 2004 for failure to provide information to verify his Social Security number. Zeas was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, for allegedly having more than .18 blood alcohol level, and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third-degree, both misdemeanors. He was released on $350 bail after arraignment in East Hampton Town Justice Court.

• Diana Harty, 48, of East Hampton, was arrested on a felony DWI charge after an accident in East Hampton on Jan. 12. Police responded to a report of an accident on Miller Lane West at about 12:09 a.m., but the driver had fled the scene. She was found a short time later, and told police she had fallen asleep at the wheel of the 1998 Volvo, veering off the road and hitting two rocks located on the grass of 20 Miller Ln. West. Her car came to stop in front of 28 Miller Ln. West. East Hampton Ambulance Association took Harty, who police said suffered injuries to her face and mouth when the airbag deployed, was taken to Southampton Hospital, where she consented to a blood test, police said. Due to a prior conviction within the past 10 years, she was charged with felony driving while intoxicated. She was released on $1,500 bail following arraignment.

• Mary E. Brittis, 55, of Bedford Hills, NY, was also arrested on drunken driving charges in Springs on Jan. 13 at about 12:40 a.m. Police said they noticed that she failed to signal a right turn in her Audi as she turned from Springs Fireplace Road to Gardiner Avenue. She appeared intoxicated, and performed poorly on all field sobriety tests. Charged with misdemeanor DWI, she was released on her own recognizance.

John Pine January 16, 2013 at 03:24 AM
Funny I saw a story on the news tonight and how these are guys are "victims", yet these illegal aliens are the ones doing the crimes! It's a shame what they've done to Springs.

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