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Blotter: DWIs, tractor in Southold vandalized

05/11/2016 6:00 AM |

A Mattituck man was arrested on a felony drunken driving charge Friday in Westhampton, Southampton Town police said.

Alvaro Uyupuluc, 23, was involved in a car accident after he rear-ended another car trying to make a left turn onto Summit Boulevard at around 10:30 p.m., officials said. When talking to police, he allegedly smelled of alcohol, was unbalanced and had bloodshot glassy eyes. He reportedly performed poorly on sobriety tests and was taken to headquarters for processing. 

Mr. Uyupuluc was charged with first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a felony, driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor, and a traffic violation, officials said.

• A Cutchogue man whose driver’s license had been suspended more than a dozen times was arrested in Laurel last Thursday night and charged with aggravated unlicensed driving, Southold Town police said.

Zachary Branker, 23, was driving a 1992 Mazda on Peconic Bay Boulevard at around 10:45 p.m. and was pulled over by police for having a loud exhaust, officials said.

A check with the DMV revealed that he had 13 suspensions on his license, police said

He was arrested on the misdemeanor charge and released on bail, officials said.

• A Southold man was charged with driving while intoxicated after he was arrested on Route 48 in Cutchogue early Sunday, police said.

Robert Wheeler was pulled over at around 4:25 a.m. after he didn’t stop at a stop sign, officials said. Police determined Mr. Wheeler was intoxicated and charged him with a misdemeanor, according to the report.

• Nearly $1,500 worth of damage to a tractor in Southold was reported last Monday afternoon, police said.

All four tires were reportedly slashed with a saw and a hole was poked in the tractor’s radiator, officials said.

The tractor’s oil levels may also have been tampered with, police said.

No arrests were made as of Tuesday and detectives are following up on the incident, according to the police report.

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 The charges against them may later be reduced or withdrawn, or they may be found innocent.

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