Judge: Real estate broker accused of striking mother, toddler with car a 'danger to the community'
A well-known former Hamptons real estate broker accused of driving high and injuring a mom and her toddler pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Southampton Town Justice Court.
Robert Futterman, 60, of Sag Harbor, was arrested after a car crash Tuesday morning on Montauk Highway in Bridgehampton. Southampton Town Police say the 31-year-old mother and 3-year-old son were airlifted to the hospital and are being treated for minor injuries.
Richard Pintauro, who helped get the mother and child out of the car following the crash, says the woman was pinned and the child had a cut to his head and was covered in blood.
Authorities say a sobriety test shows Futterman was on drugs.
He pleaded not guilty to driving while impaired, two counts criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana. The judge set his bail at $50,000 for one charge, and $5,000 for another charge.
The judge said to the district attorney's representative that she was surprised that they were not asking for more bail, and that Futterman is a danger to the community.
Futterman has a history of arrests and was free on bail following a boating while intoxicated charge in Sag Harbor Village on July 16. In May, Futterman was charged two times in less than 24 hours for driving without an interlock device. The device forces a driver to blow into it to see if they have been drinking before the car will start.
Back in 2012, he was charged with driving drunk.
Just a few hours before Tuesday's crash, Futterman was pulled over in Amagansett and given four traffic violations. One of the violations was for speeding.
Upon exiting the courthouse, News 12 asked Futterman if he struck the mother and her child.
"They hit me…Luckily my air brakes went off and I'm safe," he said.
When News 12 asked about the condition of the mother and child, Futterman replied, "I believe they are fine."
Futterman is due back in court on July 29. The judge also required that Futterman wear a GPS monitor and suspended his license.