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Blotter: Greenport man charged with DWI after car crash

A Greenport man who caused a car accident when he failed to yield the right of way in Greenport last Tuesday was arrested for drunken driving, according to a Southold police report.

Police said John Walker, age not provided, was attempting to make a left turn onto Wilmarth Avenue when he didn’t yield to an oncoming car, causing the vehicle to strike his at about 4:40 p.m. No injuries were reported.

Police investigated and found Mr. Walker was intoxicated at the time of the crash. He was charged with DWI and a traffic violation, according to the police report.

• Southold Town police pulled a kayaker from the water last Monday after the man was found “in distress” during a routine patrol, police said.

Two officers were near Deep Hole Creek in Mattituck when they spotted the kayaker swimming in the water out of the kayak, according to a police report. The man told police he had been in the water for an hour and a half and was becoming exhausted, according to the report.

Police took the man on board the patrol vessel, where he refused medical attention. He and his kayak were brought to the New Suffolk boat ramp, police said.

• Southold Town police partnered with the Suffolk County police motor carrier safety unit to conduct a checkpoint of buses and limousines Saturday on town roads.

Southold police said 15 traffic stops were conducted during the 4 1/2-hour checkpoint and seven Level-1 inspections were done, which means the vehicles were subject to a complete inspection, police said. Six violations were noted on inspection reports, police said, and there were five stickers issued called CVSA stickers, which stand for “good guy sticker for a good safety inspection,” police said.

No vehicles were placed out of service, police said.

The checkpoint came one year after the fatal limousine crash on Route 48 in Cutchogue that claimed the lives of four young women. Police conducted a similar checkpoint a week after that crash in July 2015 after the Suffolk police unit reached out to Southold Chief Martin Flatley. Police also did a similar checkpoint in September.

• A bicyclist was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital last Wednesday after being involved in an accident with a pickup truck in Greenport, police said.

Rosemary Getwillig, 84, of Greenport rode into the truck as it attempted to make a turn onto Moore’s Lane from the North Road at around noon July 20, according to police. She had been heading east when the accident occurred.

Police said Ms. Getwillig suffered a hand laceration and was experiencing difficulty breathing at the scene. The driver of the truck was uninjured and no charges were filed in the incident, officials said.

• Someone stole a portable speed bump from a private neighborhood in Southold last Tuesday, police said. According to a police report, the speed bump — which was valued at $600 — was taken from Beixedon Estates sometime before 11 a.m. No arrests were reported.

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.