Corcoran Hamptons broker in DWI bust

By Jovana Rizzo | May 13, 2009 04:40PM

The Corcoran Group’s Gary DePersia was arrested April 25 in Montauk and charged with a DWI, according to police.

Driving a blue 2007 Porsche, DePersia was stopped on Route 27 near Old West Lake Drive for speeding, driving on the shoulder of the road and crossing a double yellow line, the police report and other official documents show.
Police said 60-year-old DePersia, Corcoran’s East Hampton top producer in 2008, “performed poorly” on all field sobriety tests. “There was a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath,” the report says, “his speech was slurred, he was unsteady on his feet and his eyes were bloodshot and glassy.”

The East Hampton resident was arrested, and then refused to take a breathalyzer test, according to the police report. He was released on his own recognizance.

He was arraigned the following morning, Detective Sergeant Christopher Anderson of the East Hampton Town Police said.

DePersia’s Next Court date is scheduled for May 28 at 1 p.m., according to the East Hampton Town Court. This is his first offense.

Neither DePersia nor Corcoran’s press office responded to repeated requests for comment. DePersia’s defense lawyer, Tad Scharfenberg, wasn’t immediately available for comment.

According to his Corcoran bio, DePersia, a senior vice president and associate broker at Corcoran in the East Hampton office, has been working in East End real estate for 13 years, and has participated in nearly a billion dollars of real estate transactions. His wife, Charlotte DePersia, is also a senior vice president at Corcoran.

In addition to a $60 million 55-acre property in Sag Harbor and many other multi-million dollar Hamptons listings, DePersia was the listing broker for the Stone Meadow Farm in East Hampton, which author Isabel Rose, of the Rose Associates family, recently bought for $12.5 million.

In March, DePersia was listed in a lawsuit along with many other brokers for allegedly squeezing out smaller brokerages in the Hamptons by using a computerized service that charges more than $40,000 a year to access, according to the Post.