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Cops: Knife-wielding driver caused crash at Stony Brook Hospital

Police arrested a driver after a crash in front of Stony Brook University Hospital.
Police arrested a driver after a crash in front of Stony Brook University Hospital. Credit: Handout Photo/Stony Brook University Media Relations

A knife-wielding motorist found himself in handcuffs Thursday morning after cops said he was involved in a road rage incident in Stony Brook before he allegedly chased the other driver and crashed in front of Stony Brook University Hospital.

Suffolk County cops charged Paul Kaplan, 30, with second-degree menacing after the Thursday morning altercation.

According to authorities, the incident started around 7 a.m. while Kaplan was behind the wheel of a 2006 Jeep and heading westbound on Route 347 near Nicolls Road in Stony Brook. Police said he was involved in an altercation with another motorist before he allegedly “waived a knife” and verbally threatened the other driver.

Kaplan then allegedly chased the other motorist northbound along Nicolls Road until they reached an entrance to Stony Brook University. As the two cars approached the Stony Brook Hospital garage, Kaplan “pulled in front of the other vehicle, causing a collision,” police said.

Stony Brook University Police Chief Robert Lenahan said campus police officers were dispatched to the crash, but were soon contacted by Suffolk County police and told the two cars may have been involved in an off-campus road rage incident.

“Suffolk County police officers responded and interviewed both drivers,” he said in an e-mail. “As a result, one person was arrested by that agency.”

Kaplan was being held Thursday afternoon in police custody. Arraignment details were not immediately available.