Driver charged with DWI after fiery crash left him, passenger seriously injured, police say
A Mastic man has been arrested and charged with drunken driving and aggravated unlicensed operation following a fiery early morning crash in Montauk that left him and a female passenger seriously injured Monday, police said.
East Hampton Town police said Wilme Chan-Herrera, 26, was driving a 2019 GMC Terrain westbound on Montauk Highway near Lincoln Avenue when he lost control of the SUV, striking a guard rail and a tree around 3 a.m. Police said the vehicle "became engulfed in flames" before Chan-Herrera and a 30-year-old female passenger, whose identity was not released, were able to escape.
Both Chan-Herrera and the woman were transported by Montauk Ambulance to Stony Brook-Southampton Hospital with what police called "serious injuries."
The extent of those injuries was not immediately clear.
Police said Chan-Herrera was charged with driving while intoxicated and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.
Arraignment details were not available.
Police are asking anyone with information regarding the incident to call East Hampton Town detectives at 631-537-6989. All calls will remain confidential.