A Manorville man stole a landscaping truck early Friday and led police on a pursuit that ended in his arrest on drunken driving, reckless driving and other charges, police said.
Officers deployed a tire deflation device to disable the truck, and driver Matthew Roy, 22, fled the vehicle but was caught in the woods, Suffolk County police said.
Highway Patrol Bureau officers responded to a 911 call of a landscaping truck swerving on Sunrise Highway westbound in Yaphank, police said.
Officer Joseph Verdi tried to pull over the truck at 12:19 a.m. but Roy kept driving on Sunrise, exiting onto northbound Route 112 in Yaphank, police said.
The truck "struck and damaged a parked vehicle in a car dealership" on Route 112 in Patchogue, and highway patrol and Fifth Precinct officers kept following Roy "as he drove through residential areas of Medford and Holtsville," police said in a news release. Police did not specify how fast the driver was going.
"Officers deployed Stop Sticks which deflated one of the vehicle's tires," police said. "The landscaping truck continued on and then struck and damaged two police vehicles."
Roy stopped at Fairview Avenue and 13th Avenue in Holtsville and ran into the woods "before he was taken into custody at 12:40 a.m.," police said.
A police investigation determine the 2000 Isuzu truck had been stolen from a business Thursday in Center Moriches, police said.
Roy, of 35 N. Trainer Ave., Manorville, was charged with reckless driving, unlawfully fleeing a police officer, driving while intoxicated, third-degree criminal mischief, third-degree grand larceny and two counts of second-degree criminal mischief, police said.
He is to be arraigned Saturday at First District Court in Central Islip.