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January 21, 2016 04:40 PM

A New York developer who was recently indicted on 13 criminal counts connected to a fatal hit-and-run last summer in the Hamptons was detained Tuesday for allegedly attempting to escape overseas.

Suffolk County District Attorney’s office spokesman Robert Cliffordtells PEOPLE that Sean Ludwick was apprehended at his home in Sag Harbor Tuesday on a bench warrant.

Ludwick had been out of jail on $1 million bail, but last week, he traveled to Puerto Rico, Clifford says.

According to Clifford, “The court received information that the defendant while in Puerto Rico last week made inquiries about purchasing a boat large enough to travel to South America on, and that he also had made or was trying to make arrangements to take sailing lessons.”

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“The court received information that the defendant while in Puerto Rico last week made inquiries about purchasing a boat large enough to travel to South America on, and that he also had made or was trying to make arrangements to take sailing lessons,” Clifford tells PEOPLE.

Clifford says Ludwick is expected back in court on Long Island for a Jan. 26 hearing.

Police say Ludwick was drunk during an August 30 accident that killed passenger Paul Hansen, a 53-year-old Sag Harbor man.

Officials say forensic evidence from the crash investigation showed that Ludwick allegedly removed Hansen’s body from his car and drove away, leaving the corpse within feet of the victim’s driveway.

Benjamin Brafman, Ludwick’s attorney, refused comment Thursday.

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