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High driver crashes after fleeing stop in Coram, police say

Daniel Hunter, 25, of Coram, was injured

Daniel Hunter, 25, of Coram, was injured and charged with driving while impaired by drugs after his car collided with another vehicle Pine Road and County Road 83, while he was fleeing a police stop late Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. Credit: Christopher Sabella

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.

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