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Police: Man rammed motorist, fled cops

A Hampton Bays man was arrested after police said he intentionally rammed his car "repeatedly" into the new car of another motorist in Quogue early Wednesday, then led officers on a multi-jurisdictional high-speed pursuit that ended only when his car ran out of gas on the Long Island Expressway.

Charges against Anibal Vallejo, 28, were pending Wednesday, Quogue Village Police Lt. Christopher B. Isola said.

Police said that after his arrest on the LIE near Exit 66 in Yaphank, Vallejo was taken to the Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead for observation and evaluation.

Arraignment will be in Quogue Village Justice Court at a date to be determined.

Police said a motorist in a 2014 Ford Fusion Energi called 911 early Wednesday to report he was being followed on County Road 104 -- and that his car was "being repeatedly struck by another motorist who was trying to force him off the road."

Responding Quogue officers then observed the suspect, later identified as Vallejo, driving a 2012 black two-door Honda Civic -- and attempted to stop him at 3:49 a.m. But, police said, Vallejo refused to stop, instead leading officers on a pursuit through Quogue, East Quogue, Hampton Bays and Riverhead before running out of gas on the LIE.

Isola said Wednesday that Vallejo's actions appear to be "totally unprovoked." He said Southampton Town police, New York State Police and Suffolk County police also assisted in the pursuit and arrest.

The victim, identified only as a 40-year-old man from Hampton Bays, was not injured, police said. But police said his new Ford Fusion sedan sustained "extensive" damage.

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