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Nov 6, 2018 6:12 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Wainscott Man Leads Police On Chase To Sayville

Nov 7, 2018 10:27 PM

A Wainscott man who was a patient at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital assaulted numerous people at the hospital on Sunday morning before stealing an SUV and leading police on a high-speed chase down Sunrise Highway, according to authorities.

Napoleon R. Owens Jr., 28, of Wainscott was charged by Southampton Village Police with third-degree robbery, third-degree grand larceny and second-degree assault, all felonies, second-degree endangerment, reckless driving and third-degree unlawfully fleeing an officer, all misdemeanors, and two counts of harassment as well as various traffic violations.

Police said they received a call from Stony Brook Southampton Hospital about a patient, Mr. Owens, who assaulted a nurse and two security guards before running out of the emergency room and onto Lewis Street. Hospital staff told police Mr. Owens headed westbound on Meeting House Lane.

Mr. Owens then jumped into a 2018 Ford Explorer, police said, being driven by a 73-year-old woman, and after a brief conversation, she got out of the vehicle and he drove off while she was still holding onto the door.

According to police, Mr. Owens continued eastbound on Meeting House Lane as two Village Police cruisers chased after him. He then led police onto North Sea Road, and then westbound on County Road 39. As the chase went on, State Police and Southampton Town Police joined in, eventually leading onto Sunrise Highway.

Suffolk County Police put a spike strip on the highway, which Mr. Owens ran over, losing a tire. Still, police said, Mr. Owens continued to drive before running off the road and crashing at exit 49 in Sayville.

After crashing, Mr. Owens got out of the Explorer and ran off, attempting to hop into another occupied vehicle, but Suffolk County and New York State police took him into custody.

Mr. Owens was arraigned in Southampton Village Justice Court on Monday morning, where he was remanded to the Suffolk County Correctional Facility in Riverhead and held in lieu of $25,000 bail. Village Police said other charges by the Southampton Town, Suffolk County and New York State police are expected.

Village Police said the nurse and hospital guards received medical treatment, and the 73-year-old woman who was carjacked was unharmed.

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