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Police: Man clocked at 104 mph in crash

A Hauppauge man tried to run from troopers Thursday after brushing two vehicles on the Northern State Parkway and then crashing into a sign post at a Hauppauge apartment complex, State Police said.

Peter B. Mackoul, 31, faces charges of reckless driving, leaving the scene of two auto accidents, criminal possession of a weapon, speeding and other traffic violations, police said.

His arraignment information at First District Court in Central Islip was not immediately available.

Troopers said at about 3 p.m. Mackoul was driving a 2013 BMW east on the parkway near Exit 46, New Highway, at a high rate of speed when his car made contact with two other vehicles.

Mackoul did not stop and passed a state trooper who was parked on the right shoulder; that trooper reported Mackoul's speed to be 104 mph, according to a news release.

Mackoul's BMW exited the parkway where it merges Veterans Memorial Highway, State Route 454, and attempted to turn right onto New Highway, troopers said.

While making the turn, Mackoul lost control, skidded over the curb and struck a sign post outside of the Fairfield apartments at 550 New Highway.

He left the car and fled but was later apprehended near the scene of the crash by Suffolk County police, the release said.

During the investigation of the crash Mackoul was found with brass knuckles, troopers said, hence the weapons charge.

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