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Dec 4, 2011 5:36 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Police: Southampton Man Punches, Kicks Officer After DWI Arrest

Dec 7, 2011 10:30 AM

A Southampton man punched and kicked a police officer attempting to place him under arrest for a string of charges, including felony DWI, at Southampton Town Police headquarters on Saturday night, police said.

Police said a car was responding to a call of an erratic driver when an officer witnessed Jonathan A. Restrepo, 23, almost strike a parked vehicle with his black two-door 1991 Acura Integra on Flanders Road in Flanders.

Officers stopped the Acura and said they determined that Mr. Restrepo was driving while intoxicated, had a suspended license for a prior DWI conviction, and was driving a car that was not equipped with an ignition interlock device, a court-ordered condition of his previous DWI. Interlock ignition devices prevent cars from starting if the driver has been drinking. In addition, he was driving an uninsured and uninspected car with switched license plates, police said.

Mr. Restrepo was arrested at 10:16 p.m. on Flanders Road 
and charged with DWI, which was elevated to a felony based on his previous conviction, 
plus aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the first degree, also a felony, as well as circumventing an interlock device, a misdemeanor, and multiple violations, including driving without a license and refusing to take a pre-screen breath test.

He received an additional charge of harassment in the second degree, a violation, for punching and kicking the officer at headquarters on Old Riverhead Road in Hampton Bays after being fingerprinted police said. The officer was not injured.

Mr. Restrepo was sent to the Suffolk County Jail in Riverside in lieu of $16,750 bail and is due back in Southampton Town Justice Court on December 8 at 9 a.m.

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He's an embarrassment to the otherwise honorable name, Restrepo.
By lucky and aware (44), Speonk on Dec 4, 11 10:28 PM
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Thank god no one was hurt, this is so scary regarding the potential of injury
By HBLocal (8), Hampton Bays on Dec 5, 11 9:16 AM
I agree thank godness for all being ok, wheres High Hat Size's comment, obviously he'll find something wrong with what the Police did
By mrobin (121), North Sea on Dec 5, 11 12:49 PM
Hope he can get the help he obviously needs.....
By honeylamb (71), East Quogue on Dec 5, 11 1:48 PM
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I hope there is video of this incident. The STPD depiction of confrontations often leaves much to be desired. Let's review some recent history:

A PBA president threatens to arrest a Deputy Supervisor (for battery[?]) for allegedly poking him in the chest during a salary negotiations.

The STPD reports that a "Molotov cocktail" was placed outside a Town offical's home. Months later, after repeated Press inquiries, it admits that the "device" was non-flammable. It has still refused ...more
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Dec 10, 11 10:06 AM
If I poked you in the chest during an argument I could be charged, probably with harrassment.

If a bottle with an unknown liquid and a burnt wick was left at your doorstep, I think you might want it examined and to know who left it there.

When you decide to act irrationally, make threats, and lock yourself in your house with or without known weapons expect to be visited by a well trained team of police for your own safety as well as that of the community.

Drunks do stupid ...more
By VOS (1241), WHB on Dec 10, 11 11:09 AM
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I neglected to mention the most notorious misperception by the STPD, the incident wherein an STPD lieutenant reported a local mother of two as a terrorist resulting in a $70M false arrest action.

You say poTAYto and I say poTAHto, VOS. Since I am sure that the STPD has video of the incident if it took place at the booking desk, it should release it to the media so that we can all judge the propriety of the charges.
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Dec 11, 11 10:20 AM
I used to challenge everything that was reported to me....when I was 17. This highhatsize clown would probably present a devil's advocate's perspective to a rape. I am all for two sides to every story, but I'd be more cautious about what side I choose to represent. Get a life...........
By getalife (61), Southampton on Dec 13, 11 12:22 AM
Mr Size..
So in time of need for you or a family member... Dialing 911 would in all liklihood produce a STPD officer... Would you choose not to entrust the necessary aid provided by a department that falls so short of your expectations?!!!
Better have NY State Police on speed dial... And hope they' re not in Greenport or Shelter Island.. (limited number of patrol units available)
Good luck!
By kahuna (70), Tampa on Dec 15, 11 3:31 PM