Cops: Man, 72, refused arrest after being caught illegally driving ATV

An Orient senior with a previous arrest for road rage was charged Tuesday morning with resisting arrest after he was stopped while driving an unregistered all-terrain vehicle on North Sea Drive in Orient, Southold Town Police said.

Vasilios Tsisinos, 72, of Orient became confrontational when told by police that his actions were in violation of Southold Town Code, police said.

When police tried to impound the ATV, Mr. Tsisinos tried to chain and lock the vehicle in a gated area, police said. He then shoved an officer away with both hands, police said.

Mr. Tsisinos was arrested by State troopers following an alleged road-rage incident in January 2010, when police said he pointed a knife at a fellow motorist who had pulled over on the shoulder of Route 6 in upstate Woodbury. Mr. Tsisinos then punched a window on the other driver’s car, according to a police press release from 2010. He was later arrested and charged with menacing and criminal possession of a weapon, both misdemeanors.

Mr. Tsisinos was charged with resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration in this latest incident, while also receiving numerous traffic law violations and Southold Town Code violations, according to police. He was released on bail and is scheduled to appear in Southold Town Justice Court at a later date, police said.