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May 18, 2013 1:05 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Police Chase In Southampton Village Ends In Crash; One Arrested

May 22, 2013 11:06 AM
Southampton Village Police arrested a Southampton man last Friday night after he led police on a chase that ended when his car struck another car, injuring himself and one other person.

According to a press release issued by Southampton Village Police Detective Sergeant Herman Lamison, at approximately 9 p.m. on Friday, May 17, Village Police were conducting a narcotics surveillance operation on Hillcrest Avenue. During the operation, officers attempted to pull over Joseph L. Coffey Jr., 51, of Southampton, on West Prospect Street. He fled in his 1991 BMW, leading police on a high-speed chase.

Mr. Coffey, traveling westbound in the eastbound lane on Hill Street, attempting to pass a 2005 Ford Escape, until reaching the Captains Neck Lane intersection, where he struck the other vehicle, sending it into a row of privet, and spinning his own car out of control and into a tree, Det. Sgt. Lamison said.

The driver of the Ford Escape, who was not identified by police, was extricated from the vehicle by the Southampton Fire Department and transported via Southampton Village Volunteer Ambulance to Southampton Hospital, where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Mr. Coffey also was transported to Southampton Hospital with a broken femur, Det. Sgt. Lamison said.

Southampton Village Police were assisted by the New York State Police, Southampton Town Police, and Stony Brook University Police.

Mr. Coffey was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, both felonies. He also was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, reckless driving, first-degree loitering, third-degree assault, unlawful fleeing from a police officer, second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and fourth-degree criminal mischief, all misdemeanors, and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation. Det. Sgt. Lamison said Mr. Coffey had crack cocaine and a dagger in his possession, and was issued a total of 11 traffic tickets.

Mr. Coffey was arraigned Saturday morning at Southampton Hospital, where he was remanded without bail to the Suffolk County Jail in Riverside.

According to police, Mr. Coffey has been arrested more than 53 times since 1990.

“He is not a model citizen—53 times speaks for itself,” Det. Sgt. Lamison said. “I hope that, at the end of the day, justice is done.”

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53 times arrested, and he isn't away for life?
By chief1 (2800), southampton on May 18, 13 1:16 PM
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Is this Deja Vu all over again?

Hmmm . . . speeding westbound on Hill Street at night with the PD in chase.

Lucky his injuries aren't worse, judging from the photos. He just missed killing the other driver IMO, as the impact was right behind the Escape's driver's seat.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on May 18, 13 1:21 PM
I like that the article refers to him as "Mr. Coffey."
By double standard (1506), Remsenburg on May 19, 13 8:39 PM
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I don't know anything about this "local character" - but is that privets with a capital "P" that he hit? Very disturbing.
By Board Watcher (534), East Hampton on May 20, 13 11:41 PM
Yes, the Privet family has a row of houses on Captains Neck, right next door to the Hedges family.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on May 21, 13 12:32 PM
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My cousin was killed by the target vehicle in a police chase. This practice must stop.
By bambi (76), bridgehampton on May 24, 13 6:59 AM
When did the alphabet roads start requiring a sticker to park there?
By lucy2 (63), Southampton, NY on May 29, 13 7:33 AM
For one they need to get there damn story correct 53 times , through those 53
Times , jail time was barely the case 2 weeks is nothing getting arrested then bailing himself out its all nothing so state truthful facts because majority of them times were misdemeanors ! Idiots !
By JLCxoxo (3), Southampton on Feb 25, 14 9:00 PM
Chief1 : whom ever you are , ihope you go to jail for life now kick rocks !
By JLCxoxo (3), Southampton on Feb 25, 14 9:02 PM