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Reckless driver on LIE arrested hours after pursuit, cops say

A Queens man who led a police officer on a high-speed early morning chase on the Long Island Expressway, then through two parking lots and onto Jericho Turnpike, was arrested about 14 hours later — after the officer abandoned the pursuit for safety reasons, police said.

Patrick R. Hull, 58, of Sanford Avenue, Flushing, was arrested at the Queens County probation center in Jamaica, Queens, at about 6:20 p.m. Tuesday, Nassau County police said. Hull had been identified and located through motor vehicle records, leading to his arrest, police said.

He was charged with reckless endangerment, reckless driving, obstruction of governmental administration, unlawful fleeing of a police officer, menacing, and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, police said. He also was issued 24 traffic summonses, police said.

Police said a highway patrol officer spotted Hull driving his Mercedes-Benz recklessly on the eastbound LIE near Exit 37, Willis Avenue, in Roslyn Heights, at about 4:15 a.m. Tuesday — and attempted to initiate a traffic stop.

Police said Hull refused to pull over, leading the officer on a pursuit that saw him get off the expressway at Exit 40, drive through two parking lots — attempting to ram the police cruiser in the process — then speeding westbound onto Jericho Turnpike in Old Westbury before the officer discontinued the chase.

He was held on bail of $25,000 cash or bond at arraignment Wednesday in First District Court in Hempstead.

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