Southold blotter: Runaway Jeep slides across street and crashes into van

11/21/2013 6:00 PM |

An unmanned car rolled away from its parking spot at a Southold convenience store last Monday, making it across the street and striking another vehicle, according to Southold Town Police.

A Southold man parked his Jeep at 7-Eleven around 2:30 p.m. and entered the store, according to a police report.

When he exited, he noticed that his vehicle had rolled out of the parking lot and across the Main Road, striking a parked van, police said.

The owner of the runaway Jeep believes the vehicle malfunctioned causing it to roll away, the report stated.

No injuries were reported and no tickets were issued, police said.

A 23-year-old Greenport man was ticketed for smoking marijuana in his car, according to Southold Police.

• A man police described as homeless was arrested after he shattered a window at a North Fork church last Thursday, according to Southold Police.

Kevin O’Rourke, 31, of Hampton Bays, was staying at the the Mattituck Presbyterian Church for the night and became agitated when he was told he could not have a cigarette, police said.

Mr. O’Rourke slammed a large door with a window in it, causing a portion of the glass to break, police said. He then left the church on foot, but was later picked up by officers on Love Lane, according to a police report.

He was taken to headquarters and held overnight awaiting arraignment.

• An East Marion man was nabbed Sunday on a drunken-driving charge following a car accident, police said.

Dominic Colfer, 59, was driving on Maple Lane in East Marion at around 6 p.m. when his vehicle crashed into another car, officials said.

No injuries were reported. When officers arrived to investigate the accident, police performed field sobriety tests and found Mr. Colfer was intoxicated after he failed the test several times, police said.

Mr. Colfer was taken to headquarters and held overnight for arraignment.

• A 23-year-old Greenport man was ticketed for smoking marijuana in his car, police said.

Police found Daniel Partridge last Wednesday parked at the end of Harbor River Road in Orient around 11:30 p.m., according to a police report. Upon approaching the vehicle, officers detected a strong smell of marijuana and found Mr. Partridge in possession of a marijuana cigarette, police said.

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.