Suspect in stolen car leads police on chase

Police are searching for a man who, after a brief pursuit near Stony Brook Southampton Campus on Thursday night, jumped from a stolen car -- fleeing on foot as the vehicle crashed into a creek, authorities said.

Southampton Town police said the car had been reported stolen from Union Street in Hampton Bays at 8:22 p.m.

A short time later, police said, Stony Brook University police officers, on patrol on Montauk Highway near the Southampton campus, spotted the vehicle -- and attempted to begin a traffic stop. Instead, police said, the suspect led the officers on a brief pursuit, before jumping from the car, while it was still moving, near the intersection of Middle Pond Road and Dellaria Avenue.

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Police said the suspect, described as being in his late teens or early 20s, ran off as the car crashed through a fence before plowing into a mooring anchor post in the creek.

A search, which included a Suffolk County police helicopter, a Suffolk Sheriff's Office K-9 unit and officers from Southampton Village police, failed to locate the suspect.

Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to call Southampton Town police at 631-728-5000, the town detective division at 631-702-2230 or the police Crime Tips Hotline at 631-728-3454. Tips can also be emailed to police at

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