A Patchogue man is behind bars after taking police on a high-speed chase on the LIE and then on Route 25 before being captured by K9 officers.
The incident began around 11:30 p.m., Thursday, May 16, when Suffolk County Police responded to a 911 call of motorcycles operating recklessly eastbound on the Long Island Expressway near Exit 60, said the Suffolk County Police.
When the officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop of a 2006 Yamaha motorcycle, the motorcyclist, Manny Fernandez, failed to stop, took Exit 65, reversed direction and headed westbound on the LIE, police said.
The motorcycle left the expressway at Exit 63, heading northbound on North Ocean Avenue. Fernandez stopped the motorcycle in the vicinity of 451 Route 25 and fled on foot, police added.
K9 officers located Fernandez in a nearby wooded area and recovered a loaded handgun that had been reported stolen in Alabama.
He was transported to Stony Brook University Hospital for treatment of minor injuries, police said.
Fernandez, 31, was charged with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of stolen property, reckless driving, and aggravated unlicensed operation.
He was also issued 12 summonses for various traffic violations.
Fernandez was held overnight at the Sixth Precinct and is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on Friday, May 17.
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