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Feb 24, 2010 11:30 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Car that fled police impounded; driver unidentified

Feb 24, 2010 11:30 AM

The Southampton Village Police Department’s investigation into a suspected DWI case that involved an unsuccessful car pursuit shortly after midnight on January 30 has been “exhausted,” according to Police Chief William Wilson.

The police have interviewed two people of interest—one of whom is the registered owner of the vehicle involved in the chase—but both have been uncooperative with the investigation, and neither has admitted to driving the vehicle that day, Chief Wilson said.

The brief pursuit, which started when the driver ran a red light at the intersection of Windmill Lane, North Sea Road and Bowden Square, was called off by Southampton Village Police when the speeding car, a 1994 green Lexus with New York registration, entered East Gate Road on the Shinnecock Indian Reservation. Police called off the chase over concerns about safety, citing the direction of travel—onto back roads—and time of night in ending the chase.

The case is now going through a civil process to determine what will happen to the Lexus, which has been seized by police under a Suffolk County law allowing for the seizure of vehicles that were used to unlawfully flee from police. Today, February 25, a Suffolk County administrative judge will hear the case in Suffolk County Court in Riverhead. If the county seizes the vehicle, it would be transferred from the police to a county compound and put up for auction. Otherwise, the car will be returned to its owner.

Colleen Reynolds

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I'm sure if you guys try really hard you can find out who owns the car.
By pstevens (406), Wilmington on Feb 25, 10 1:16 PM
They know who owns the car....they can't prove that person was driving.

From the article above:

"The police have interviewed two people of interest—one of whom is the registered owner of the vehicle involved in the chase..."
By Agawam Yacht Club (69), Southampton on Feb 25, 10 3:05 PM
If they can't confirm the owner was driving, they really can't take the car. I would think the town will have a very hard time seizing this vehicle.
By EEG (19), Southampton on Feb 25, 10 3:22 PM
Thank you to the SVPD for:

-- stopping the high speed pursuit when it became dangerous
-- following up until they ran out of leads and cooperation

Well done.

And thank you to the editor and Ms. Reynolds for the follow-up article.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Feb 25, 10 4:13 PM
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Whoever the car is registered ito s probably not the real owner, often times people with suspended licenses and undocumented people will have a friend register their car. So the registered owner knows who was driving.
By kpjc (161), east quogue on Feb 26, 10 11:34 AM
Why do people like you immediately attempt to make every story about "undocumented people"?
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Mar 1, 10 12:45 PM
I would also like to recognize the work of the SVPD. It takes fortitude to do the best you can, and then exercise self-control to ensure public safety.

If the officer had been involved in an accident, or hurt an uninvolved motorist or pedestrian, the media would have skewered him/her and the department.

Well done!
By taxraven (26), Southampton on Feb 26, 10 9:37 PM
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Does SVPD have any jurisdiction on the reservation or not ? It"s like a free-space for the criminals to run to as soon as they commit a crime, What a joke !
By Bill in Riverhead (190), Riverhead on Mar 2, 10 10:21 AM