A Manorville man was arrested Friday and faces a slew of charges after he led police on a chase through multiple towns while he was allegedly drunk behind the wheel of a stolen truck, Suffolk County police said in announcing his arrest.
Police said the incident started at 12:19 a.m. on Aug. 30, when a motorist called 911 to report a landscaping truck was swerving in the westbound lanes of Sunrise Highway in Yaphank.
When police tried to stop the 2000 Isuzu truck, the driver – Matthew Roy, 22, of 35 North Trainer Ave., Manorville – allegedly refused to pull over and continued driving westbound on the highway. Eventually, he exited onto Route 112 in North Patchogue and continued driving northbound until he crashed into a parked car at a dealership on Route 112, cops said.
Police said the crash didn’t deter Roy, who reportedly continued to drive and led an abundance of police cars on a chase through residential neighborhoods in Medford and Holtsville. The officers were able to deploy stop sticks and deflated one of the truck’s tires, but Roy continued to flee from officers, officials said. After passing over the stop sticks, Roy allegedly smashed into two police cars.
The truck eventually stopped at the intersection of Fairview Avenue and 13th Street in Holtsville and Roy fled the area into a nearby wooded area, according to a news release. He was arrested in the woods at 12:40 a.m.
After an investigation, police learned the truck had been stolen from a Center Moriches business on Thursday. It was unclear if the business had reported the vehicle stolen.
Roy was charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, unlawful fleeing a police officer, two counts of second-degree criminal mischief, one count of third-degree criminal mischief and third-degree grand larceny.
He is being held in police custody and is due to be arraigned Aug. 31 at First District Court in Central Islip.