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Cops: DWI Charge Follows Gas Station Dispute

The following information was supplied by the Southold Town Police Department. A criminal charge is only an accusation and does not indicate guilt.

Police said a Riverhead man was arrested Thursday evening after they said he got in a verbal dispute at the Hess Station on Route 25 in Mattituck, and proceeded to drive drunk.

Joseph A. Kess, 29, was arrested on misdemeanor DWI charges. Southold Police said he was seen driving his car in the parking lot of the gas station and following the dispute, was found to be intoxicated.

Police did not release information regarding the nature of the dispute, though across Long Island on Thursday, drivers raced to the pumps to pick up what gas was left as scores of stations across the Island remain without power in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

Police said Kess was transported to Southold Town Police headquarters, processed and held for arraignment.

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