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Yorktown Man Charged With Reckless Driving

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - A Yorktown man was charged with reckless driving and seven vehicle and traffic violations after a police officer allegedly observed him driving erratically on Commerce Street last week.

According to police, Officer Matthew Iacon was on patrol at approximately 7:40 p.m. June 22 when he witnessed a white Honda, driven by Matthew Hernandez, 21, swerving into the opposite lane and failing to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians in a crosswalk before passing through a stop sign.

After Hernandez was pulled over, Iacon also allegedly saw an open container of an alcoholic beverage in the vehicle. Hernandez was charged with reckless driving, an unclassified misdemeanor; along with failing to keep right, failing to yield to pedestrians, having an open container of alcohol, going through a stop sign, unsafe start, and driving with a modified muffler and an inadequate mirror.

Hernandez was released on $200 bail and is set to return to Yorktown Justice Court July 24.

In other police activity:

Yorktown police made two arrests in two separate incidents for violations of orders of protection.

On June 24 at 11 a.m., police charged Branden Berlanga, 21, of Yorktown, with criminal contempt in the second and fourth degrees, both Class A misdemeanors. According to police, Berlanga prevented a victim from communicating with them for emergency assistance by attempting to wrestle the phone away, and when he was unsuccessful, pulling the phone cord from the wall.

The alleged criminal act was a violation of a federal order of protection, officials said. Berlanga voluntarily surrendered at police headquarters. He was arraigned in Yorktown Justice Court and released, and is set to return to court on June 28.

Meanwhile, on June 22, Diana Ortiz, 49, of Cortlandt was charged with criminal contempt in the second degree, a Class A misdemeanor, after allegedly violating a temporary order of protection by visiting a man at a business June 21 at 3711 Crompond Road.

Ortiz voluntarily appeared at police headquarters June 22 at 2 p.m., where she was arrested, arraigned and served with another temporary order of protection. She is due in court July 12.

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