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Cop who crashed into tree to leave hospital

An East Hampton Town police officer who smashed his patrol car into a tree this week while responding to an emergency call from a fellow officer likely will be released from the hospital Friday, the town chief of police said.

Nathan Osborn, 30, was hospitalized with head injuries Wednesday night after he lost control and hit a tree near Broadwood Court in Amagansett, Chief Ed Ecker said.

Ecker said Osborn received several stitches for cuts to his forehead and scalp and most likely suffered a concussion. He was taken to Southampton Hospital after a 911 caller saw his car in a wooded area off the road, Ecker said.

"He was responding to back up another officer who had pulled over a suspected felon and that suspect had a gun in his car," Ecker said.

Just after Osborn left police headquarters on Wainscott Northwest Road, Ecker said, he lost control traveling north at 8:23 p.m. Ecker said the road was slick because of rain and Osborn spun out and hit the tree.

"He was knocked out or stunned enough to where he was not answering the radio," Ecker said.

An ambulance from the Bridgehampton fire department took Osborn to the hospital. Ecker said Osborn was removed from intensive care Thursday.

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