A Jamesport man was arrested on a drunk driving charge on the evening of May 20 after he lost control of his vehicle, swerved through traffic and over several lawns and then crashed into a cemetery wall — all in front of a Southold Town Police cruiser, according to police reports.
Police said Hilario Ramirez-Perez, 27, was driving a 1998 Mitsubishi two-door sedan south on Depot Lane at about 6 p.m. when he lost control and careened in and out of traffic, driving over several lawns and narrowly avoiding a head-on collision with a patrol car. He came to a stop after crashing into a wall at Sacred Heart Cemetery. Cutchogue Fire Department volunteers transported Mr. Ramirez-Perez to Eastern Long Island Hospital for treatment of minor injuries, after which he was taken to police headquarters and held for arraignment on a DWI charge.
• A 45-year-old Greenport man died after a single-car accident on Manhanset Avenue in Greenport on evening of May 18. Police said Charles Cartselos suffered from a medical condition that caused him to lose consciousness and drive off the roadway into a tree. He was taken to Eastern Long Island Hospital by members of the Greenport Fire Department and later pronounced dead.
• Two people caught with PCP in their car face criminal drug possession charges this week, according to Southold Town Police. Police said that on May 20 at about 11:15 a.m. they stopped a car driven by Jessica M. Chmielewski, 24, of Aquebogue on Peconic Bay Boulevard in Mattituck. Police said that both Ms. Chmielewski and her passenger, Willie E. Bryant, 30, of Riverhead, were in possession of PCP. Police also charged Ms. Chmielewski with driving while under the influence of the drug. Both were taken to Southold Police headquarters and held for arraignment.
• A 47-year-old Greenport man was charged with DWI and criminal possession of a controlled substance just before 11 p.m. on May 20 after he was stopped by police for failing to signal before making a turn on Second Street in Greenport, according to reports. Police said that in addition to being intoxicated, Vincent E. Smith had a white rock-like substance that tested positive for cocaine in his car. Mr. Smith was held for arraignment.
• Southold Police are investigating several strange break-ins that occurred late last week. On Wednesday, May 18, a resident of Mill Creek Drive, Southold, reported that she had left her house in the middle of the day to visit her hairdresser, and that while she was gone someone kicked in the side door of the house, ransacked the master bedroom and smashed eggs from her refrigerator on the kitchen ceiling and doorway. Police said the victim thought some jewelry might have been stolen, but she was not sure. Police called in a K9 officer and dog, who picked up a scent in the victim’s backyard and followed it to an overgrown farm field, where tire tracks had pushed down the high grass.
On Thursday morning, the three occupants of a house on Bridge Lane in Cutchogue reported that someone had ransacked two bedrooms and stolen $100 in loose change, stuck two machetes into a bedroom wall and kicked in a bolted bedroom door. The same morning, another Bridge Lane resident reported that someone had pried open a rear window of the house and rifled through cabinets and drawers, before making off with a head-mounted flashlight worth about $20.
Those who are named in police reports have not been convicted of any crime or violation. The charges against them may later be reduced or withdrawn, or they may be found innocent.