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Southold Blotter: Greenport man fled police on ATV, charged with DWI

04/27/2019 6:00 AM |

Vincent Leone, 21, of Greenport was arrested around 4:54 a.m. last Saturday and charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, along with a number of related offenses allegedly committed while he was attempting to flee police via ATV.

His vehicle was both unregistered and uninsured, according to Southold Town police. When an officer attempted to stop Mr. Leone as part of a routine check, he took off northbound toward Front Street through the Greenport High School parking lot and onto Moore’s Lane. Officers located Mr. Leone hiding in Moore’s Woods, according to a press release.

• Police responded to a report of a white Jeep Grand Cherokee driving with no tail lights and failing to maintain its lane of travel around 8:24 p.m. last Friday. The vehicle was traveling westbound on Route 25 near the BP gas station in Mattituck. The driver told police his knee hit a switch inside the vehicle which activated his interior lights and deactivated his tail lights. He said the car he was driving was a rental and told police he was not familiar with the interior controls. Police said the driver showed no signs of impairment, but they did issue him a warning.

• A Brooklyn man was driving eastbound along Sound Avenue in Mattituck around 6:12 a.m. last Friday when a deer ran across the road, resulting in him losing control of his vehicle. The man struck and caused damage to a Southold Town highway caution sign, PSEG pole and Verizon utility pole before coming to a stop. No one was injured, police said.

• A Mattituck woman contacted police last Thursday around 7:10 p.m. to report that an unknown person had broken into her home through the second-story bedroom window. She said property was stolen from her home. An investigation remains underway, police said. 

• A Greenport woman reported around 4:59 p.m. last Thursday that, while a Greenport man was in her home, he attacked another Greenport man who was there at the time. The suspect had left the area upon police arrival. Police noted that when they arrived to the residence, the alleged victim’s left eye was swollen shut. The alleged victim reported that while sitting in the bedroom, the suspect jumped over the bed and attacked him. The alleged victim refused medical treatment and refused to press charges, police said.

• The manager of Michelangelo’s restaurant in Southold reported that around 7:25 p.m. last Wednesday, an intoxicated man entered the restaurant and grew combative when he was denied service. The manager said she called the Southold man a car service and that the man was also being combative with the driver. Police spoke with the man, who then took the car service home, they said. The manager kept the man’s keys, which she told police he could pick up the next morning.


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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