A Coram man was charged with driving while impaired by drugs after an attempted police stop led to a two-vehicle crash causing injuries to himself and three others Friday night, police said.
Daniel Hunter, 25, was behind the wheel of a gray 2015 Dodge Charger when Suffolk County police officers tried to pull him over, a police spokeswoman said. Instead of stopping, Hunter “accelerated at a high rate of speed attempting to flee,” the spokeswoman said, when he “drove through a steady red light in a reckless manner, causing a motor vehicle crash.”
Details about where, when or why police initially tried to stop Hunter’s car were not immediately available.
Hunter’s car collided with a second vehicle at Pine Road and County Road 83 in Coram at 11:10 p.m., the spokeswoman said.
Hunter was taken for treatment to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he was placed under arrest and charged, police said. A female passenger in Hunter’s vehicle, as well as the driver and a passenger in the second vehicle, also were injured. All four had non-life-threatening injuries, police said. It was unclear where the others sought treatment.
Hunter was charged with first-degree operating a motor vehicle impaired by drugs; assault; third-degree fleeing an officer in a motor vehicle; recklessly causing physical injury; three counts of second-degree reckless endangerment; and unlawful possession of marijuana, police said.
Attorney information for Hunter was not immediately available Saturday.