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May 15, 2012 3:39 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Sentencing Delayed Again For DePersia, Probation Hearing Set

May 17, 2012 2:53 PM

UPDATE: Thursday, May 17, at 2:47 p.m.

Charlotte DePersia was released from the Suffolk County Jail in Riverside on Wednesday afternoon after posting $500,000 cash bail, according to the Suffolk County sheriff’s office.

ORIGINAL STORY:

Sentencing for a repeat DWI offender who avoided jail time in December for a 2010 accident that injured two people, including a pregnant woman, was postponed on Tuesday, pending a hearing requested by the defendant—a delay one crash victim called “outrageous.”

State Supreme Court Justice William Condon scheduled a probation hearing for June 5 for Charlotte DePersia, 59, of East Hampton, who allegedly violated her probation by drinking two glasses of wine on March 10.

Robert Clifford, a Suffolk County district attorney’s office spokesman, said Tuesday that the hearing date was scheduled after Ms. DePersia declined to enter an admission of guilt at Tuesday’s court proceeding.

His office had announced on Monday that it would recommend the maximum sentence of 16 months to four years of imprisonment at a sentencing on Tuesday.

Ms. DePersia’s probation included a condition that she not consume any alcohol, and she had to wear an alcohol-detecting ankle bracelet called a Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitor, or SCRAM, at all times. She drank two glasses of wine at Gurney’s Inn in Montauk on the evening of March 10, the office of District Attorney Thomas Spota has said. On the night in question, the device recorded Ms. DePersia’s blood-alcohol content at 0.039 percent, well below the legal limit for driving but consistent with the consumption of two glasses of wine, officials said. Drivers can be charged with DWI if their BAC is 0.08 percent or greater.

Since 2003, she has been arrested three times for driving under the influence of alcohol, with the most recent incident taking place on November 27, 2010, when she was on probation for a 2009 DWI. She was arrested that night after she crossed the double-yellow line and crashed her Land Rover into another car on Montauk Highway in Bridgehampton, one that was carrying four people: Lindsay Soyka and Matthew Gluck, who split their time between East Quogue and Manhattan, and their friends Karyn and Mark Scholack. Ms. Scholack, who was pregnant at the time, suffered a broken rib, while Ms. Soyka broke her nose. Their husbands and the unborn baby were not injured in the accident.

In a phone interview on Tuesday, Mr. Scholack said they found that day’s court outcome “outrageous.”

“I’m just surprised that the justice system is allowing this to continue to go on and go on,” added his wife, Ms. Scholack. “It’s very disappointing that it seems to be she wants to keep proving that she deserves one more chance, but that one more chance could be killing someone the next time.”

As she spoke, her son, Henry, with whom she was pregnant during the time of the crash, cooed in the background. He turns 1 year old on Thursday, May 17.

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By just breath (82), yuck on May 17, 12 1:44 PM
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By just breath (82), yuck on May 17, 12 1:45 PM
why doesn't the press want to report the news?
By LI native (127), east moriches on May 17, 12 10:15 PM
After 37 days spent confined at the Suffolk County Correctional Facility in Riverside, save a couple court dates, Charlotte DePersia of East Hampton was released on bail Tuesday.

A bank check was tendered at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, said Michael Sharkey, the chief of staff of the Suffolk County sheriff's office. Justice William Condon had ordered DePersia jailed in lieu of $500,000 cash bail or $1 million bond on April 10, when she entered a plea of "denial" at her arraignment for allegedly ...more
By LI native (127), east moriches on May 17, 12 10:16 PM
Tell Charlotte she might as well spend her last few free days having more to drink. Makes no difference now.
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on May 21, 12 9:04 AM