Southold police arrested a Matittuck man Friday evening after the man — who had been previously convicted of driving while intoxicated — crashed while driving drunk and left the scene, according to a news release.
Cops got a tip that the driver, later identified as 30-year-old Phillip Wells, was involved in a car accident about 8 p.m. Mr. Wells’s vehicle was spotted on Route 25 in Mattituck and he was pulled over.
Mr. Wells had bloodshot eyes, smelled like an alcoholic drink and was “unsteady on his feet,” according to the news release. He failed a sobriety test and was taken into custody.
Mr. Wells was charged with felony DWI, misdemeanor leaving the scene of an accident and a traffic violation for running a stop sign.
Mr. Wells had previously pleaded guilty to DWI in May 2010, according to a previous Suffolk Times article. He had been fined $900 and had his license suspended for six months, the report states.