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Sep 14, 2012 8:52 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Man Crashes Into Utility Pole In Tuckahoe, Charged With DWI

Sep 18, 2012 6:21 PM

A man was uninjured after crashing his SUV into a utility pole in Tuckahoe shortly before 7 p.m. on Friday, September 14—but he faces drunk driving charges for the incident.

Robert Love, 46, of Westhampton Beach made an unsafe lane change heading westbound on County Road 39 while using a cellphone without a hands-free device, and hit the pole, according to Southampton Town Police.

He was arrested on the scene by Southampton Town Police after he told them he had been drinking earlier in the day, and was charged with misdemeanor DWI. He was transported to police headquarters in Hampton Bays and arraigned the next day. He is due back in court at a later date.

No other vehicles were involved in the crash and no one was injured.

The utility pole, located across from the Mercedes-Benz dealership, was cracked at the base and leaning over the westbound lanes of the road at a 45-degree angle, according to Southampton Fire Captain Chris Brenner. County Road 39 was closed to traffic between Hubbard Lane and Magee Street for about 45 minutes while emergency workers cleared the crash.

Fire department crews cut the battery to the SUV and used speedy dry to contain leaking fluids, and were on the scene for 45 minutes before Southampton Town Police and Long Island Power Authority workers took over to investigate the accident further.

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Cleaned up and the road opened in 45 minutes. Practice makes perfect!
By loading... (601), quiogue on Sep 14, 12 10:25 PM
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The road is over-trafficked and dangerous. How much more evidence do emwe need? No tuckahoe mega-mall
By dagdavid (646), southampton on Sep 14, 12 11:53 PM
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non-sequitur's and hyperbole are your speciality ehy davy boy?
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Sep 15, 12 12:01 AM
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No more than ignorance and denial are yours, nature boy.
By dagdavid (646), southampton on Sep 15, 12 11:34 AM
oh man Nature .. no one cares about mistypes! search for "jumbled paragraph" or "jumbled paragraph test" on your fave search engine .. who wouldve thought typing class was the most important one.
>> more importantly in dagdave's point -->that stretch of road is one nasty thrill ride and people will die.
truing not the new Crusty pizz joint is too dangerous. thats why that palce should NEVER have been built in the first place. the right & lefts onto tuckahoe Lane are death defying let alone ...more
By david h (405), southampton on Sep 17, 12 2:22 PM
Dave - I don't understand your point about jumbled paragraph..? I wasn't commenting on grammar, typos or anything. My point was that dagdavid made a false statement/aunt sally/non-sequitur with this (which I have broken down)

A. A single car crash means the road is dangerous
B. We don't need a grocery store

See how those two items aren't actually related? A single car crash is NOT proof that the area doesn't need more development.

I've always felt that new shopping ...more
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Sep 17, 12 2:48 PM
(if you google the words "jumbled paragraph" you get a site that demonstrates the human ability to read & recognize despite a complete paragraph of mistypes. pretty cool)
By david h (405), southampton on Sep 18, 12 1:00 PM
no shoulder = no room for error...
By PrivateerMatt (390), Weesuck Creek , EQ on Sep 15, 12 12:22 AM
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35-40 on 39 = no problems
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Sep 15, 12 3:44 AM
DItto to Matt and Mr. Z. If the speed limit here (and on Noyac Road BTW near Cromers) was scrupulously enforced, with serious fines for speeding, the accident rate would plummet. The widening of CR39 to four lanes just made going faster seem safer, but without the escape route of a shoulder to avoid trouble, it obviously is not safer as most drivers consider 45 MPH to be the limit. And when I go 40-43 there, most trucks and SUV's fly by going probably more like 50+.

Enforce the speed limit.

Raise ...more
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Sep 15, 12 7:15 AM
You are right. The speed limit is mostly ignored. I'm guessing the average speed on CR39 is about 50mph. Way too fast for those narrow lanes.
By Tuckahoe Ted (53), southampton on Sep 15, 12 10:46 AM
Every year traffic on CR39 grows more congested and more dangerous despite road widening and speed limit restrictions. To say that adding high traffic generating developments to this mess will make no difference is completely ridiculous.

Folks like Nature have no real answers beyond convenience and want in their defense of over-development, so they go after the opposition with puerile attacks, labeling real concerns as "hyperbole" and calling people "boy".

Who are nature and ...more
By dagdavid (646), southampton on Sep 15, 12 12:01 PM
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Thanks to PBR for stickin' up for me, even us who don't see eye-to-eye can watch out for one another.

First off, I never called you "boy" I called you "davy boy".

Second, you will not find ONE comment from me (among the over 1000 I've made) that SUPPORTS the tuckahoe not-so-mega-mega-mall. I've never said it's a great idea, I never said the process isn't flawed, I've never hinted at any relationship between myself and the developers (I assure you there is none!). If you read ...more
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Sep 15, 12 3:00 PM
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This is NOT a property rights issue. Firstly, the developer does not yet even own all of the parcels. Secondly, he has a right to build to current zoning - he does not have a right to change that zoning which was intentionally put into place to limit high traffic generating business. You ignore the facts. You say you don't support the mega-mall yet you ate compelled to challenge every post against it?

If PBR was referring to me, there was no ad hominem attack from me. You addressing ...more
By dagdavid (646), southampton on Sep 15, 12 5:07 PM
"davy boy" is not an ad hominem attack. Stating, "Folks like Nature have no real answers beyond convenience and want" and "Who are Nature and his convenience-obsessed cohorts? What is their relationship to the developers" ARE ad hominem attacks. It's a nickname - and I often give me fellow debaters nicknames to spice things up and personalize the conversation. I apologize if it offended you, that was not my intention.

You claim, "He does not have a right to change that zoning". Correct, ...more
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Sep 16, 12 12:26 PM
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Ad Hominem attacks diminish the conversation IMO.

Have a good weekend.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Sep 15, 12 12:21 PM
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Put the sign back!
By Robert I Ross (250), Hampton Bays on Sep 15, 12 1:08 PM
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By coxie1 (37), southampton on Sep 15, 12 2:31 PM
Nothing to do with speed. More to do with people not paying attention. IMO. There is a lot of ignorance and hate on this forum.
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on Sep 15, 12 4:25 PM
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Friday afternoon a State Trooper was parked conspicuously at the end of the Sunrise just where the roads converge and not a soul in either direction was going over the speed limit. He must have been chuckling.
By goldenrod (505), southampton on Sep 15, 12 7:09 PM
Time to bring back Officer Manny Quin from retirement?
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Sep 16, 12 7:36 AM
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Article updated -- another cell phone SNAFU and possible DWI.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Sep 18, 12 7:02 PM
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dagdavid's thinking is wrong tucahoe mega mall will produce more traffic thus slowing cars down=less accidents
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Sep 18, 12 7:20 PM