A Queens man who police said drove in excess of 100 mph and led police on a high-speed chase on the Long Island Expressway on Wednesday night before he crashed was arraigned Thursday on several charges.
"He terminated it because the guy was going way too fast and way in front of him," Meyer said.
At his arraignment, a prosecutor said that during the pursuit, Thompson was driving more than 110 mph and at 105 mph in a construction zone where the speed limit was 45 mph.
The high-speed pursuit, Meyer said, was permissible under Suffolk police department’s procedures.
The pursuit began at 11:56 p.m., police said, when a Suffolk Highway Patrol officer clocked Thompson, driving a 1998 Toyota Camry, at more than 100 mph on the westbound LIE near Route 111.
Failing to get Thompson to pull over, the officer ended his pursuit but followed Thompson’s car as it entered a construction zone that had closed the LIE. Forced to leave the LIE near Exit 43, the officer caught up with Thompson’s car, Meyer said.
Thompson was arrested after he crashed into a car carrier. He suffered a minor injury to his hand, police said. No one else was injured.
After the stop, the officer said he smelled alcohol on Thompson’s breath and noticed that his speech was slurred, authorities said.
Thompson was charged with driving while intoxicated, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and fleeing a police officer. He pleaded not guilty. First District Court Judge Paul Hensley set bail at $10,000 cash and $20,000 bond.