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May 23, 2018 12:19 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Man Charged After December Car Chase With Southampton Village Police

May 23, 2018 12:32 PM

A Southampton man who Southampton Village Police say led officers on a high-speed chase onto the Shinnecock Indian Reservation in December last year was charged with two felonies and a misdemeanor last week.

Scott M. Hornstein, 52, was arrested by Southampton Village Police at 4:50 p.m. on May 15 at the Suffolk County Correction Facility in Riverside—where he has been incarcerated since February—on charges of first-degree reckless endangerment and second-degree assault, both felonies, and third-degree unlawfully fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor.

On December 4, 2017, an unmarked Southampton Village Police vehicle was in pursuit of Mr. Hornstein, who was wanted for violating his probation by being in possession of a hypodermic instrument. The pursuit continued onto the reservation at high speeds.

The speeding vehicles reportedly caused alarm among tribal members, who were concerned about the safety of children coming home from school at that time. Two tribe members, Linee Quinn, 42 at the time, and her son Chace A. Quinn, 19 at the time, used their vehicles to block the unmarked police vehicle, according to authorities.

Because they interfered with the chase, the two were placed under arrest and charged with two felony counts each of second-degree obstruction of governmental administration. Both are expected to appear in Southampton Town Justice Court on May 30 at 9 a.m.

Mr. Hornstein, who evaded police during the December 4 chase, was taken into custody on February 14 and has been incarcerated ever since. He was arraigned in Southampton Town Justice Court on May 16 for the charges that arose from the chase, and is expected back in court on July 11.

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