Man Accused of Lewd Act in Middletown

Middletown police have charged an East Hampton man with public indecency after receiving reports that he was pleasuring himself while driving through the city.

The driver of a tractor-trailer told police he noticed a man in a red pickup masturbating while driving on Washington Street near High Street, so he followed the man to Portland and flagged down police officers, police said.

Police identified the suspect as David E. Clare Jr., 67, of East Hampton. Middletown officers traveled to Portland and questioned Clare, who said he didn’t think he was masturbating, but was unsure, according to the arraignment report.

As police questioned him further, Clare denied saying this and told officers he has a young wife at home and has no need to masturbate, police said.

Clare was charged with public indecency, released and is due back in court on Nov. 26.

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