911 call via OnStar helps nab hit-run driver, police say

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A 911 call received via the OnStar navigation and tracking system helped police find and arrest a driver involved in a hit-and-run accident Sunday afternoon in Riverhead, Riverhead Town police said.

Alfred A. Cowell, 34, of Middle Rd., Riverhead, was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of an accident, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, suspended license, resisting arrest, criminal use of drug paraphernalia and two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, police said.

The 2000 Nissan Maxima driven by Cowell was impounded as evidence, police said.

Cowell was released on $300 bail. Arraignment details were not immediately available.

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Police said that a 911 call was placed via OnStar at about 3:40 p.m. Sunday, the caller reporting a suspicious vehicle "possibly being involved in an accident." The caller told police the vehicle left the scene and traveled east on Middle Road before turning into Two Bear Estates. The vehicle was seen heading to the end of Old Farm Road -- where the caller told police that the driver fled -- running onto the nearby Sunken Pond Estates.

Police were able to locate Cowell, arresting him after what was characterized as "a short foot pursuit."

Details of the accident were not immediately available.

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