Cops: Riverhead woman arrested on drug charge following police chase

A Riverhead woman took the wheel of a vehicle a pregnant acquaintance had been driving and led police on a short pursuit Friday after officers found drugs during a traffic stop in Hampton Bays, Southampton Town police said in a press release issued Sunday.  

Carolyn Parker, 42, of Riverhead  had been a passenger in a vehicle being driven by Kimberly Kulick, 30, of Hampton Bays when the pair was stopped along Bittersweet Avenue in Hampton Bays, police said.

Ms. Kulick, who is pregnant, was found to be in possession of crack cocaine and driving with a suspended license, police said. She was sitting on the rear tailgate of her vehicle when Ms. Parker, who was asked to exit from the passenger side, allegedly moved to the driver’s seat and fled the scene, causing Ms. Kulick to fall from the vehicle, where police caught her before she hit the ground.

Ms. Parker was  apprehended after police used stop sticks to force the vehicle to a halt. She was also found to be in possession of crack cocaine, police said. She was arraigned Saturday on seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree reckless endangerment and second-degree obstruction of governmental administration, all misdemeanors.

Ms. Kulick was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, police said. She was released on bail and issued an appearance ticket.