A Riverhead man was driving under the influence of drugs with his 3-month-old son in his truck when he led police on a high speed chase Friday morning through Riverside and Flanders, at the end of which he rammed a patrol car, landing an officer in the hospital, Southampton Town Police said.
Officers said they tried to stop a 1999 Dodge Durango at 9:22 a.m. for several traffic infractions on Ludlam Avenue in Riverside, but the driver, Tyshawn O. Riddick, 22, took off, passing other vehicles in no-passing zones, speeding through residential areas, ignoring stop signs and running a red light at the intersection of Flanders Road and County Road 105, causing other drivers to veer and screech to a halt to avoid collisions.
Police chased the truck to the area of Brookhaven Avenue in Flanders, where, they said, Mr. Riddick stopped the Durango, put it in reverse, and rammed the front end of the pursuing police car while Police Officer Patrick Kiernan was trying to get out. Mr. Riddick then led police on a foot chase through a residential area until he was caught near Oak Avenue and Arthur Avenue.
Police said they found the infant in the rear passenger seat. He was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center for observation and released without injuries. Child Protective Services was notified.
Officer Kiernan was taken to the same hospital for multiple injuries and released the same day. Police on Monday said he was in stable condition, but will be out of work for a while due to his injuries.
Mr. Riddick was arrested at 9:28 a.m. and charged with two counts of first-degree reckless endangerment, one count of aggravated DWI with a child in the car and one count of second-degree assault, all felonies. He was also charged with misdemeanor counts of driving while impaired by drugs, second-degree obstructing governmental administration, endangering the welfare of a child, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, reckless driving, third-degree unlawfully fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle and resisting arrest, as well as two counts of unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation, and many traffic infractions.
Mr. Riddick was sent to the Suffolk County Jail in Riverside in lieu of $30,000 bail following arraignment in Southampton Town Justice Court.