Police said Rafael M. Horcasitas, 53, was arrested at his home in Bridgehampton after he crashed his pickup truck into a pole on Sag Harbor-Bridgehampton Turnpike at 6:34 p.m. Sunday evening and then fled the scene. Horcasitas was charged with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, circumventing an interlock device, unlicensed operation, leaving the scene of an accident and with violating conditions of his license, according to Newsday.
Horcasitas was found to have no driver’s license and a suspended status, Southampton Patch reported. According to Newsday, the man did not have a court-ordered ignition interlock device installed on the vehicle.
The utility pole was knocked to the ground, sparking a small electrical fire. Witnesses reported Horcasitas fled on foot. The accident resulted in the closure of the turnpike for about three hours while utility workers repaired the pole. The Sag Harbor Fire Department also responded to the scene, Southampton Patch reported.
In a separate incident, Nelson Alvardo, 41, failed to negotiate a turn from Bellows Pond Road onto Flanders Road in Hampton Bays early Monday morning. He was arrested by officers from the Southampton Town Police after they found him to be intoxicated. Alvardo was charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI), unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and other traffic violations, according to Riverhead Patch.
A passenger who was in the vehicle with Avardo was transported to hospital by ambulance with minor injuries, Riverhead Patch reported.