A 29-year-old Mastic man who led a Suffolk County Police officer on a seven-mile chase Wednesday night was rescued from his burning car by that same officer after the suspect lost control and crashed into woods along Route 51 in Northampton, authorities said.
Officer Scott Jensen initially tried to stop Jason Martin’s 1999 Chrysler Concord about 11:15 p.m. for driving erratically farther south on Route 51 in Eastport, police said. But Mr. Martin instead accelerated, leading the officer on a pursuit that lasted about five minutes and ended with Mr. Martin losing control in the northbound lanes, skidding along the pavement and crashing into trees on the east side of the road, officials said.
The car then caught fire, with the driver’s door pinned against a tree. Officer Jensen pulled Mr. Martin out through the front passenger side door.
Mr. Martin, of 146 Madison Ave., was treated at Peconic Bay Medical Center for non-serious injuries and was later charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and unlawful fleeing of a police officer. Officer Jensen was not injured during the pursuit or while rescuing Mr. Martin, officials said.
• A Riverhead man was arrested Sunday after he allegedly broke into a Shinnecock Hills restaurant and was found hiding behind a nearby dumpster, Southampton Town Police said.
Police responded to a burglary alarm at the Cabana Latina restaurant on Montauk Highway about 2 a.m. A police officer arrived at the scene and found that someone had forced his way into the building by breaking a window, officials said.
Police soon found 27-year-old Alberto Hernandez-Hernandez hiding near the dumpster along with the cash register drawer taken from the building, officials said.
Mr. Hernandez-Hernandez was charged with third-degree burglary and fourth-degree criminal mischief.
• A seat belt violation led to a drug charge in Riverside last Tuesday, Southampton Town Police said.
Danielle Price, 32, of East Moriches was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance last Tuesday morning on Peconic Road in Riverside after she was stopped for a seat belt violation and found to be in possession of OxyContin pain killers, a controlled substance, police said. Ms. Price also had a suspended license and an unregistered motor vehicle, police said.
• A Lake Grove man told police a man he met at a gas station on Flanders Road in Riverside tried to steal his car. The victim told cops he was pumping gas at the Shamrock gas station last Tuesday when a man approached him and asked him for a ride. When he told him no, the suspect then stated, “Give me the keys!” and started punching the car. The suspect also tried to take the license plate from the car as the victim drove off, police said.
No arrests were made.
• Someone cut a fence at the LIPA power plant property off Nugent Drive last week and tried to remove a metal spool of wire, according to police.
• Carlos Pereira, 38, of Maple Avenue in Flanders was charged with two counts of issuing a bad check after he was arrested on a warrant last Tuesday at his home. Mr. Pereira is accused of issuing bad checks totaling more than $17,000 to a gutter supply company last year.
• Curtis Sepulveda, 20, of Fanning Avenue in Hampton Bays was charged with driving while intoxicated Friday on Flanders Road in Flanders after being observed operating in an erratic manner, according to police. No additional details were available.
• Heber Rayes, 24, of Main Road in Jamesport was charged with DWI about 4 a.m. Saturday after police stopped his car on County Road 31 in Westhampton for failing to stay in his lane of travel, police said.
• Jamar Reid, 23, of Priscilla Avenue in Flanders was charged with DWI about 4:15 a.m. Sunday on Flanders Road and Long Neck Boulevard in Flanders after he was stopped for failing to stay in his lane of travel, police said. Officers then found he had alcohol on his breath and slurred speech, police said.
• Sarah Poulos, 21, of Baywood Drive in Baiting Hollow was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana Saturday afternoon on County Road 39 in Southampton after she was stopped for a suspended registration and an officer smelled marijuana in the car, authorities said.
• Nicolas Italia, 19, of Mattituck was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana in the Tiana Beach parking lot in Hampton Bays Monday, police said.
• Anthony Francis, 28, of Lewis Street in Riverhead was charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief Monday morning after he threw a garbage can at a car, causing $250 worth of damage to the car’s trunk, police said.
Those who are named in police reports have not been convicted of any crime or violation. The charges against them may later be reduced or withdrawn, or they may be found innocent.