Suffolk County Police arrested a Manorville man who they said provided an officer with a false name and then ran away on Sunrise Highway in Mastic Wednesday.
Jason Quick, 24, was arrested and charged with second-degree criminal impersonation, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, third-degree criminal trespass and second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, police said. He was also issued three traffic violation citations.
Neither Quick nor his attorney could be reached for comment.
A Highway Patrol Bureau officer observed an unattended motorcycle on the left shoulder of westbound Sunrise Highway, east of Winters Drive, in Mastic, at about 10 a.m. after which he also saw Quick running on the median, police said. The officer said Quick explained that he had lost his helmet and was retrieving it, at which point the officer picked up the helmet and asked Quick to move the bike to a safe location.
But during the conversation, police said, Quick said his name was Jonathan but could not properly spell the name, and then said his name was Joseph, despite the officer' warning that providing a false name is illegal.
Quick bolted into nearby woods when the officer went to a sector car to run a check on the information Quick provided. Seventh Precinct, Canine Section, Aviation Section and Parks Police officers assisted in the search.
Quick was being held at the Seventh Precinct lockup and is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on Thursday.