Island police responded to a slew of motor vehicle accidents, broke up numerous parties and made several drunk driving arrests over the weekend, one for a boat operator.

Tisbury police first received a call of a possible intoxicated boater at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, when the manager of the West Chop Club called to report a belligerent man on the beach causing a disturbance. The manager told police he tried to move the man along but was unsuccessful.

Police arrived on the scene and witnessed the man, later identified as Gregg Gerathy, 49, of West Tisbury, untie his Boston Whaler and motor west into a fog bank, nearly running into the Skipper charter boat off West Chop.

Officers yelled to Mr. Gerathy to stop, to no avail.

Police then headed to the end of Lake street where they met a boat from the state environmental police and the harbor master boat. When Mr. Gerathy saw authorities waiting for him, he turned around and headed back toward the entrance to Lake Tashmoo, police said.

The harbor master and state police boats chased, and eventually rafted the Boston Whaler and brought it back to shore.

Mr. Gerathy was charged with operating a boat under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a boat, failure to stop for a police officer, and having improper numbers on a boat.

Tisbury police also responded to a pair of serious motor vehicle accidents on Beach Road Saturday afternoon that occurred within a few hours of one another. The first occurred around 2:35 p.m. when a Dodge pickup truck driven by Bruce Swift, 65, of Tisbury, rear-ended a Toyota sport utility vehicle near the Shell gas station.

No one was injured in the crash, although the driver of the Toyota, Aline Hanorata, 25, of Oak Bluffs, was cited for giving false identification to police.

At 3:55 p.m. police responded to a two-car crash with injuries on Beach Road in front of Granite City Electric.

Police said Joseph F. Cywinski, 66, was traveling toward Vineyard Haven when he reached for his cell phone and accidentally swerved into the oncoming traffic lane, colliding with a vehicle driven by Amber Simonin, 17, of Oak Bluffs.

Mr. Cywinski declined treatment at the scene, although Ms. Simonin was transported by ambulance to Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. Both vehicles were badly damaged and taken from the scene by a flatbed tow truck. No citations were issued; the investigation is ongoing.

West Tisbury

West Tisbury police responded to 77 calls over the past week, including a two-car accident on State Road last Tuesday involving a 2002 Toyota Rav 4 and a 1998 Saturn sedan. The driver of the Toyota was waiting to turn left at the intersection of State and Old County Roads, and was struck from behind by the Saturn.

There were no serious injuries; the driver of the Saturn was cited for following too closely.

Just before midnight last Tuesday police were called to a domestic disturbance on Great Plains Road. Around 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday police responded to a report of a loud party on Vineyard Meadows Farm Road. The occupants of the home were given a verbal warning.

Just before 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday police received a call of a domestic disturbance on Oak Lane.

Just after 8 a.m. on Wednesday police received a call of vandalism on Lambert’s Cove Beach. When police arrived, they found obvious signs of a party from the previous evening. Police plan to walk the beach at night to prevent future incidents.

Just after 8 a.m. on Wednesday police received a call that a 14-foot aluminum boat had been stolen from Tisbury Great Pond. After a brief investigation, police learned someone accidentally took the wrong boat, and the vessel was returned.

At 2:18 a.m. on Wednesday, police arrested Seth Allen Seeman, 19, of Aquinnah, on charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, speeding and minor transporting alcohol.

Just before midnight on Friday, police responded to a loud party on Indian Hill Road. The partygoers agreed to quiet down and there were no further complaints.

Around 1:15 p.m. on Saturday police were notified that someone had damaged two granite posts at the farm stand behind Alley’s General Store. One of the posts was snapped in half, and the other appeared as if it had been hit by a motor vehicle. The investigation is ongoing.

Just before 4 a.m. on Saturday police responded to a one-car accident on State Road. The driver, a 21-year-old male from Edgartown, told police he had fallen asleep at the wheel and hit a tree. He was transported by ambulance to Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. No citations were issued; the investigation is ongoing.

Also early Saturday morning, around 6:18 a.m., another driver went off the road and struck a tree on Old County Road. The driver, an 18-year-old male from Tisbury, also told police that he fell asleep while driving, after waking up early to go surfing at an up-Island beach.

Just after 2 a.m. on Sunday police responded to a noise complaint about several people swimming at Ice House Pond.


Aquinnah police last Tuesday responded to a number of weather-related calls during an intense downpour that hit most of the Island. Around 1:45 p.m. police helped a Verizon van that got stuck in the mud on Pancake Hollow Road, and arranged for a tow truck to come and haul the vehicle away.

Police also responded to a call of a fallen limb on Lighthouse Road.

On Thursday Aquinnah police participated in the statewide Click it or Ticket program, a seat-belt use enforcement campaign. Through the weekend, police made several dozen stops and issued a number of tickets and written warnings.

During one of these stops on Friday, police issued a civil citation to Brant Silvia, 19, of Tisbury, who was a passenger in a vehicle pulled over on State Road, for possession of marijuana. The operator of the vehicle was also issued a citation for having a rejected inspection sticker.