Man Charged in Alleged Dragging of Police Officer


East Hampton Town Police on Saturday arrested a man suspected of driving while intoxicated, whom they said dragged a police officer with his sport-utility vehicle before flipping it over on Montauk Highway.

Andrew Hellman, 26 — whose license states he is from Sag Harbor, but recently relocated to East Hampton — was arraigned Sunday by Judge Steven Tekulsky, with bail set at $7,500 cash or $15,000 bond. As of Tuesday afternoon, Mr. Hellman remained in Suffolk County Jail, unable to post bail.

According to a police report, at approximately 4:45 a.m. at the 7-Eleven in Montauk, police officers approached a group of people who they said appeared to be intoxicated and were getting into a 2001 GMC sport-utility vehicle. The driver, identified as Mr. Hellman, appeared to be drunk, officers said.

However, according to the police report, Mr. Hellman began to drive away as an officer attempted to prevent him from doing so, and the officer was dragged along the pavement. Mr. Hellman allegedly accelerated west on Montauk Highway to an “unsafe speed,” police said, “before losing control and overturning the vehicle.” The driver and his passengers were extracted from the SUV and Mr. Hellman was arrested.

Police charged him with second-degree assault, criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, all felonies. He was also charged with several misdemeanors, including driving while intoxicated, second-degree reckless endangerment and three counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. A 43-year-old East Hampton man, who was a passenger in Mr. Hellman’s SUV, was charged with possession of marijuana, a violation.

East Hampton Town Police said Sunday the officer who was dragged by Mr. Hellman’s vehicle sustained injuries, and was treated at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital and released.

The incident in which the officer sustained injuries was the first of two violent occurrences at the Montauk 7-Eleven over Labor Day weekend. The second was an alleged assault early Sunday morning. East Hampton Town Police said they responded to a fight at 7-Eleven, after which a 26-year-old East Hampton man was arrested for allegedly attacking a 30-year-old Montauk man, leaving him with multiple lacerations and in need of medical attention.

Police charged Christopher S. Pulido with second-degree assault, a felony, and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a misdemeanor, at around 5 a.m. on Sunday. The Montauk Ambulance Company transported the victim to Stony Brook Southampton Hospital. A hospital spokesperson said he was released later that day.