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Logs: Convicted 5 Times on DWI Charges, Man Held Without Bail

Police say Wayne B. Burling ran from an accident in Montauk on Saturday afternoon; his license had been taken away 17 times.

Logs: Convicted 5 Times on DWI Charges, Man Held Without Bail

The following information was supplied by the East Hampton Town Police Department . A criminal charge is only an accusation and does not indicate guilt.

Wayne B. Burling, 29, of Montauk, who police said has five previous convictions for alcohol related offenses, was held without bail on a felony driving while intoxicated charge and another felony for allegedly driving without a valid license, after an accident in Montauk on the afternoon of Oct. 13. Police said he crashed a 1988 Ford Mustang into a utility pole on Star Island Road, near West Lake Drive, at 1:15 p.m., and fled on foot into the woods.

Police set a roadblock up and checked each car passing through for Burling, who was located at about 2:50 p.m., in the parking lot of the Montauk Yacht Club, down the road. Police said he appeared intoxicated and refused to take part in field sobriety tests. He also had cuts on his head and said he was experiencing leg pain. According to his arrest report, he initially refused medical treatment, but then asked for it while being taken to headquarters. At Southampton Hospital, he refused to consent to a blood test, they said.

Released from the hospital, he was taken to police headquarters in Wainscott. A check with the State Department of Motor Vehicles showed his license was either suspended or revoked 17 times on 16 dates for several traffic violations, including alcohol related offenses, dating from 1999 to 2010. Police said he was convicted of DWI offenses in Suffolk County District Court, Nassau County Court, and Suffolk County Court between 2003 and 2010.

Police charged Burling with felony DWI and first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. At his arraignment, East Hampton Town Justice Lisa R. Rana ordered him held without bail at the Suffolk County jail.

More Felony DWIs Charged

• Wilson B. Soliz-Maruri, 35, of Springs, was arrested on felony charges of DWI and aggravated DWI on Sept. 29. He was held at the Suffolk County jail on $15,000 cash or $50,000 bond following an arraignment. Police said he was previously convicted of DWI, which led to one of the felony charges. He also allegedly had a blood alcohol level above .18 when he was pulled over on Floyd Street, near Accabonac Road, at about 9:45 p.m. He was allegedly swerving and failed to stopped at an intersection.

• Richard Manna, 30, of Wantagh, was arrested on charges of felony DWI, due to a prior conviction, and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the first-degree, also a felony, on Oct. 10 in Montauk. Following arraignment, he was held on $7,500 cash or $20,000 bond at the county jail. According to police, at about 2:20 a.m., police saw a Jeep cross over the double-yellow line several times on Edgemere Street. While Manna performed poorly on field sobriety tests, he refused to take a breath test. His vehicle was impounded.

• Kyle Martin, 25, of East Hampton, was also arrested on felony DWI, due to a prior conviction, and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle charges, as well as aggravated DWI, for allegedly driving with a blood alcohol level above .18, after he nearly had a head-on collision with a police officer on Oct. 15. Police said Martin was speeding in a 1995 Dodge truck on Montauk Highway, near Spring Close Highway, when the officer had to swerve to avoid the crash at about 1 a.m. He performed poorly on field sobriety tests, police said. The vehicle he was driving was impounded, and police said further investigation revealed the license plates on it were from a 1997 GMC. Martin's bail information was not immediately available.

Teen Crashes Car

• A 17-year-old girl from East Hampton was arrested on a DWI charge after an accident in Amagansett on Oct. 14. At about 10:30 p.m., police were dispatched to an accident on Abraham's Landing Road, near Scrimshaw Lane, and the responding officer found a 2000 Jeep had crashed into a tree. The driver was sitting in the driver's seat with the keys still in the ignition. She appeared to have head and neck injuries and police called for emergency medical services from the Amagansett Fire Department. Police said they smelled a strong odor of alcohol on the her breath, but she wasn't able to perform field sobriety tests due to her injuries. She consented to a blood test at Southampton Hospital. A sergeant released him on his own recognizance. Police withheld the defendant's name because of Youthful Offender status eligibility.

Misdemeanor DWIs

• Nelson H. Valencia-Vega, 35, of Springs, was arrested on several misdemeanor charges after he was pulled over in East Hampton on Oct. 7. Police said he was swerving in his 1998 Jeep when he was stopped at 3:20 a.m. He identified himself as Hernan Vega and gave a different birthdate. Police said he appeared intoxicated and was placed under arrest on a driving while intoxicated charge. Police asked his brother to bring in his passport, which had his full name and provided his accurate birthdate. Police found his license had been suspended for failure to answer a summons out in Huntington. He was further charged with false personation and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. He was released on $400 bail.

• Francesco E. Russo, 51, of Boca Raton, FL, was arrested on charges that included misdemeanor driving while intoxicated on Oct. 13. Police said they pulled Russo over for speeding on Abraham's Path, near Accabonac Road, at about 1:40 a.m. She appeared intoxicated and failed field sobriety tests. A State Department of Motor Vehicles check revealed her license was suspended in 2009 for failure to pay a driver's responsibility assessment. She was additionally charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor. She was released on $10,000 bail.

• Charles E. Hord, 62, of East Hampton, was arrested on a DWI charge on the evening of Oct. 13. Hord was allegedly speeding on Abraham's Path, near Springs Fireplace Road, at about 10:45 p.m. He appeared intoxicated and performed poorly on field sobriety tests. He was released on his own recognizance the next day.

• Luis D. Palomo, 25, of Springs, was arrested on a drunken driving charge on Oct. 14. Police said they were behind Palomo at at about 4:10 a.m. when his 2003 Ford stopped at a stop sign at the intersection of Town Lane and Abraham's Path when they saw his Ford had no brake lamps. Police said his car crossed into the opposite lane as he drove on Town Lane. He appeared intoxicated, police said, and was arrested. He was released on his own recognizance after arraignment.

Domestic Disturbances

• A 23-year-old woman was arrested at home in Springs after a family disturbance involving a knife. The woman allegedly chased her mother's boyfriend around the front yard with a knife during an argument with her mother on Oct. 5 at 2:10 p.m. She was arrested on charges of second-degree menacing, a misdemeanor, and second-degree harassment, a violation, and held overnight for arraignment. She was released on her own recognizance.

• A 48-year-old Springs man was arrested on Oct 5 after he allegedly violated a court order to stay away from his wife on Sept. 19 at about 11:45 p.m. He was charged with second-degree criminal contempt, a misdemeanor, and trespass, a violation. He was released on $200 bail.

East Hampton Patch's policy is not to name those involved in domestic incidents unless they are charged with serious felonies.

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