When Suffolk County police went looking for a missing motorcyclist late Monday in North Bellport, they not only found the injured rider but made two drunken-driving arrests, including one that required chasing a suspect who had bolted from a patrol car after his arrest.
Police said the injured rider, William Cazorla, 30, of Brooklyn, had a broken collarbone when he was discovered just before midnight in a median on Sunrise Highway near Exit 56.
A police spokeswoman said Cazorla was riding in a group westbound on Sunrise when other riders noticed he was missing. They backtracked on Sunrise but found only Cazorla's motorcycle, a 2012 Honda, in the median.
Police were called and closed Sunrise in both directions as they searched for Cazorla, the spokeswoman said.
When they found the injured Cazorla, also in the median near Exit 56, he was unconscious, police said. He regained consciousness and was taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue.
During the search for the injured rider that lasted nearly 45 minutes, the driver of a 2005 Acura drove through a barricade of flares set up to close Sunrise Highway, the spokeswoman said.
A highway patrol officer pulled over the driver, Matthew Sabo, 30, of Hampton Bays and determined Sabo was drunk, the spokeswoman said. Sabo was handcuffed, arrested and placed in the backseat of a police car.
While Sabo was being arrest, another driver went through the flares and entered the closed roadway. Police pulled over Roberto Cruz, 47, of Mastic, who also was determined to be drunk, the spokeswoman said.
While police were arresting Cruz, Sabo jumped into the front seat of the police car and ran into the woods, the spokeswoman said.
Officer Ryan Neems of the Suffolk K-9 Unit and his partner, Bear, then tracked down Sabo, the spokeswoman said.
Police are still trying to determine how Cazorla became displaced from his motorcycle, the spokeswoman said.
Sabo is charged with driving while intoxicated and escape; Cruz is charged with DWI. Each is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday at First District Court in Central Islip.