Police: ATV rider lunged for officer’s gun after Jamesport chase


Riverhead police say a 42-year-old man who was drugged up and driving an ATV led officers on a brief chase in Jamesport Tuesday morning before crashing and then lunging for an officer’s radio and handgun while resisting arrest.

Police were called to the area of Washington Avenue around 11:45 a.m. for a reports of “an intoxicated male operating a quad on the roadway” according to a press release.

There they encountered James Lebkuecher riding a trike on the road, police said, though he refused to pull over and instead headed north on the vehicle. He crashed off Herricks Lane a short time later.

That was where police said he lunged at an officer’s gun and radio.

Mr. Lebkuecher was arrested and charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs, resisting arrest, attempted criminal possession of a weapon, robbery and multiple vehicle and traffic violations, police said.

His trike, which police said was unregistered, was impounded.

Mr. Lebkuecher was also arrested for drugged driving in 2010, the News-Review had reported, though the status of that case could not be immediately determined.

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