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May 29, 2018 9:24 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: Bail Set At $1 Million-Plus For Suspect In Fatal Hit-and-Run in April Along County Road 39

Chace Quinn is led by Southampton Town and State Police to his arraignment on Tuesday morning.  DANA SHAW
May 29, 2018 5:56 PM

TUESDAY, 11:55 a.m.

Chace Quinn, 19, a resident of the Shinnecock Indian Reservation, entered not guilty pleas to several felony counts at his arraignment on Tuesday morning.

Defense attorney Peter Smith had asked the court to release Mr. Quinn on $5,000 bail, but the judge instead set significant bail amounts: $1 million cash or $2 million bond for the vehicular homicide charge, $250,000 cash or $500,000 bond on the gang assault charge, $125,000 cash or $250,000 bond on a charge of intimidating a witness, and $25,000 cash or $50,000 bond each for menacing and resisting arrest.

The court also noted that if Mr. Quinn posts bail, a hearing would be held to identify the sources of the money, and he would be required to wear an ankle monitor while out on bail.

At the arraignment, prosecutors said the felony count of gang assault stemmed from a March 31 incident at The Bays Bar & Grill in Hampton Bays. Prosecutors said Mr. Quinn has alleged ties to the Bloods street gang.

ORIGINAL STORY:

A Southampton man was set to be arraigned Tuesday morning on several felony counts, accused as the driver of a vehicle that killed a man in the early morning hours of April 5 on County Road 39, then left the scene.

Chace Quinn, 19, was arrested on Monday and charged with vehicular manslaughter in the first degree, and leaving the scene of a fatal accident, both felonies.

The charges are in connection with the death of 63-year-old Joseph Lynn McAlla of Clifford, Pennsylvania. He had been making a delivery to Southampton Masonry at 2:30 a.m. on April 5 and had been struck and killed by a vehicle as he exited his truck parked along County Road 39.

The Southampton Town Police Detective Division investigated the fatality and, a police source had said, later seized a vehicle from the Shinnecock Indian Reservation that was believed to be involved in the accident.

The eight-week investigation also involved the State Police Accident Reconstruction Unit and State Police Investigative Unit, Suffolk County Police, the U.S. Marshal Service and the Suffolk County district attorney’s office, Town Police said.

Mr. Quinn was apprehended on Sunrise Highway by State Police at approximately 2:30 a.m. Monday morning, Town Police said.

He faces an additional felony charge of gang assault in the second degree in connection with a March 31 incident, although Town Police did not provide details on Tuesday morning.

The Southampton Village Police Department also filed a charge of obstruction of governmental administration in the second degree, a misdemeanor, against Mr. Quinn, stemming from a December 4, 2017, incident. State Police also charged him with menacing in the second degree, a misdemeanor, in connection with an incident that occurred on March 16, 2018. No details were provided on those cases.

The investigation into the accident is continuing and Southampton Town Police Detective Division is asking anyone with information to contact them at 631-702-2230.

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