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Long Island Man Ditches Stolen Vehicle, Tries To Escape On Bicycle, Police Say

Joseph A Minnieer
Joseph A Minnieer Photo Credit: Long Beach Police Department

A local man was arrested after allegedly fleeing from police on Long Island in a stolen vehicle, and then trying to escape on a bicycle. 

Joseph A Minnieer, age 31, of Island Park, was arrested at 146 p.m., Wednesday, April 14, after he was spotted by an officer driving a stolen vehicle through his police vehicle's plate reader, said the Long Beach Police Department.

After verifying the stolen vehicle, Officer Christopher Baldeo attempted to conduct a traffic stop at the intersection at National Blvd. and West Market St. 

Upon exiting his vehicle, Officer Baldeo began to approach the stolen vehicle, Minnieer fled the area in the vehicle, police said.

Multiple Long Beach Police units began to canvass the area for the stolen vehicle and Nassau County Police Aviation was also requested. 

The stolen vehicle was found abandoned on the 700 block of West Chester St. and the operator of the vehicle was seen fleeing eastbound on West Bay Drive on a black bicycle, the department said.

Police Officers Brian Vais and Baldeo observed Minnieer riding southbound on Centre St. After a brief time, officers were able to apprehend him as he was attempting to leave Long Beach, traveling north on the south side of the curb on the Long Beach Bridge, Long Beach Police said.

Minnieer was charged with:

  • Criminal possession of stolen property
  • Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle
  • Unlawfully Fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle 
  • Aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle
  • Multiple traffic infractions.

After arraignment, Minnieer was remanded to the Nassau County Jail without bail.

“The Long Beach Police Department did an exceptional job in an extremely stressful situation, apprehending a dangerous subject," said Ronald Walsh, commissioner of the Long Beach Police. “I am happy to report there were no injuries reported or accidents that resulted due to the subject’s reckless behavior.”

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