Two men, each with a suspended license and vehicles subject to an interlock device, were arrested by Southampton Town police officers within two hours of each other Monday night -- for a litany of suspended-license charges.
Manuel Ruiz Jr., 63, of Wheatley Heights, was arrested on County Road 39 in Southampton at 7:02 p.m. after police said he was stopped for speeding. Less than two hours later, at 8:42 p.m., police said a Hampton Bays man, Antonio Carlos Reyes, 40 -- also known as Bacilio Negrete Gonzalez, was stopped for an undisclosed traffic violation in Water Mill.
Police said that both men had suspended driver's licenses and both had been ordered by the court to have an interlock device on their vehicles.
Both men had circumvented those ignition interlock devices, police said. Police said Reyes -- aka Gonzalez -- also was wanted by U.S. Customs and Immigration.
When he was stopped, police said Reyes had an open container of alcohol in his vehicle and no driver's license. Police said an investigation also determined that he was intoxicated, his license had been suspended, he was subject to a court-ordered ignition interlock device, the vehicle was unregistered, he was uninsured -- and that he had switched license plates.
Police did not explain why Reyes was wanted by U.S. Customs and Immigration.
He was charged with felony driving while intoxicated, having two prior DWI convictions, and also was charged with first-degree and second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, circumvention of an ignition interlock device and a number of traffic infractions, police said.
His vehicle was impounded, pending seizure proceedings.
He was remanded to the Suffolk County jail without bail.
Police said that Ruiz, who had been arrested before Reyes and also was found to have circumvented an interlock device, was charged with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, circumvention of an ignition interlock device, speeding, uninsured motor vehicle and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.
He was remanded to Suffolk jail in lieu of $1,000 bail.