Police: DWI man led cops on high-speed chase in stolen vehicle

A Patchogue man, driving drunk in a stolen car, took Suffolk County police on a high-speed chase Friday night before he was finally apprehended in Shirley after, authorities said, police deflated his tires.

John Miller, 38, of Furman Lane, was driving a 2011 Hyundai westbound on Route 25A in Rocky Point at 10:35 p.m. when he was observed by a State Park officer, who determined the car had been stolen, police said.

Officers from Suffolk's Sixth Precinct attempted to stop Miller's vehicle on Echo Avenue and Route 25A in Mount Sinai, but he refused to pull over and continued southbound on County Road 83, police said.


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Police said they continued to follow the vehicle but temporarily ended the chase for safety concerns.

Officers resumed the pursuit a short time later in Shirley where police put down "stop sticks" on the northbound side of William Floyd Parkway to blow out the Hyundai's tires.

The car came to a halt in the vicinity of the William Floyd Parkway and the Long Island Expressway -- and Miller was arrested, police said.

Miller later complained to police of pain and was taken to John T. Mather Memorial Hospital in Port Jefferson where he was treated for minor injuries and released.

Miller is charged with driving while intoxicated, unlawfully fleeing a police officer, aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, reckless driving, resisting arrest, third-degree grand larceny and two outstanding parole warrants.

Miller was arraigned Saturday at First District Court in Central Islip, where he was ordered held on $100,000 bond or $50,000 bail, according to online court records. He is scheduled to return to court Wednesday.

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