Video Shows DWI Arrest Of Fmr. Southampton Town Supervisor

NEW YORK (1010 WINS/AP) — Following the high-profile DWI arrest of a Southampton town official in 2009, Riverhead Town Justice Allen Smith ordered the release of dashboard video taken the night of the incident.

The trial of former Southampton Town Supervisor Linda Kabot commenced Monday at  Riverhead Town Justice Court.

Kabot was arrested on Labor Day weekend 2009 in Westhampton Beach. She has pleaded not guilty to DWI, failure to stop at a stop sign and other offenses.

SEE THE VIDEO: Police arrest former Southampton Town Supervisor Linda Kabot

Kabot was in the middle of a re-election campaign when she was arrested. She subsequently lost. Her attorney has suggested she was the victim of a set-up.

The now-released video tape shows Kabot being pulled over by police.

In the video, Kabot asks the officers “did I do something wrong?” To which the officers responded that she was “swerving a little bit.”

Kabot admitted she “had a glass of wine, maybe two.”  The officers then asked Kabot to step out of her vehicle and proceeded to perform a number of field sobriety tests.

The former town supervisor then refused to take a Breathalyzer test.

“I refuse to take this test,” Kabot said in the video. “You think I am intoxicated and that’s why you pulled me over.”

“I feel that I’m not intoxicated,” she said in the video.

The trial continued Wednesday with defense attorney William Keahon cross examining Officer Steve McManus, who was one of arresting officers.  The trial will continue at 10 a.m.  Thursday.

  • J Rizzo

    Give me abreak. She parked perfectly, did everything they said. I couldn’t stand on one foot that long perfectly sober. Who dribves perfectly staight within the lines all the time. We all swerve, looking down, changing the radio staition etc…she was no harm to anyone tha night. She stood there without incident…this is another incident of overzealous cops looking for a little action to keep them busy. Must have been a very slow night in Southhampton that night. DWI arrests are to protect the public. Sh was no threat that night.

    • Realist

      I see,

      Did your mom drop you opn your head when you were an infany or did you go without oxygen for 5-10 minutes?

      How many DWI’s do YOU have yourself?

  • Bill

    Saw the video. She clearly was swerving and clearly ran a stop sign. She also looked drunk while taking the tests. If she thought she wasn’t drunk she should not have refused to take the breathalyzer which would have proven her innocence. Sorry Linda.

  • Robert

    Linda Kabot is a cutie….I’d love to give her a personal breathalizer…

  • Grey Maverick

    A clear example of another public official that thinks that they are exempt or above the law. I find this ironic because they usually run their campaigns vowing to enforce the law and making our system more effective and accountable. The hypocrisy simple continues. To her attorney – even if she was set up, no one served her the amount she drank thru an IV.

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