Cops: Driver in stolen SUV arrested after wrong-way pursuit
A man who led Suffolk police officers on a wrong-way pursuit on Sunrise Highway in the East Patchogue area was arrested Wednesday in Bohemia after the chase was terminated twice due to safety reasons, police said.
The stolen Jeep Grand Cherokee was found abandoned in Bohemia, police said, and officers from canine units were able to track Robert Noon III, 39, to a home on 13th Street in Bohemia, police said.
Noon is to be arraigned Thursday on third-degree criminal possession of stolen property, third-degree unlawfully fleeing a police officer, second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, reckless endangerment and resisting arrest.
The Jeep was reported stolen Tuesday from Yaphank, and the chase started when Fifth Precinct Police Officer Jason Keenan saw Noon driving the vehicle on Main Street in Patchogue about 1 a.m., police said.
The officer tried to pull over the Jeep, but Noon fled, driving east into westbound Sunrise Highway at Route 112, police said. A short time later, he made a U-turn on the highway and went west in the eastbound lanes, police said.
Officers halted their pursuit, but Noon was spotted again on local streets and a second pursuit started, Fifth Precinct detectives said.
That chase was also terminated due to safety concerns, police said, but officers soon found the Jeep in Bohemia. Noon was tracked down at a friend's house and arrested about 2:15 a.m., police said.
His exact home address was not released because detectives were still trying to confirm one he gave on Waverly Avenue in Riverhead.
During the chase, drivers swerved to avoid Noon but no one was injured, police said, and no property damage was reported.