Police: Southampton man flees cops, crashes

A Southampton man with dozens of arrests was

A Southampton man with dozens of arrests was arrested again Friday night after he led police on a chase and crashed into a sport utility vehicle, police said. Joseph L. Coffey Jr., 51, led police on a pursuit, starting on West Prospect Street and ending at Hill Street and Captains Neck Lane, police said. (Credit: Southampton Village Police)

A Southampton man with dozens of arrests was arrested again Friday night after he led police on a chase and crashed into a sport utility vehicle, police said.

Southampton Village Det. Sgt. Herman Lamison said in a statement that officers were conducting a narcotics surveillance in the area of Hillcrest Avenue about 9 p.m. When officers tried to conduct a vehicle stop, Joseph L. Coffey Jr., 51, led police on a pursuit, starting on West Prospect Street and ending at Hill Street and Captains Neck Lane, police said.

Coffey, driving a 1991 BMW west on Hill Street, drove in the eastbound lane for about a quarter-mile, police said. He tried to pass a 2005 Ford Escape, struck the vehicle, sending it into a row of privet and then Coffey spun out of control into a tree, police said.


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The Escape's operator was extricated by the Southampton Fire Department and taken to Southampton Hospital, where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Coffey was also taken to the hospital and treated for a broken femur, police said.

Police said Coffey was charged with: third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, both felonies; seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, reckless driving, first-degree loitering, third-degree assault, unlawful fleeing from a police officer, second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and fourth-degree criminal mischief, all misdemeanors; and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation.

Police said he was also issued 11 traffic tickets. Coffey was arraigned Saturday morning at Southampton Hospital and remanded without bail to the Suffolk County jail.

Coffey has been arrested more than 53 times since 1990, police said.

Southampton Village Police were assisted by the New York State Police, Southampton Town Police and University Police.

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