Cops: Riverhead man flees police, crashes car

Curtis Trent mugshot. (Credit: Riverhead police)
Curtis Trent mugshot. (Credit: Riverhead police)

A Riverhead man led police on a short chase, crashed his car into two other vehicles, fled on foot and was arrested shortly afterward on Friday, Riverhead Town police said. 

Curtis Trent Jr., 25, faces multiple charges, including leaving the scene of an accident and reckless driving on top of vehicle and traffic violations, police said.

A Riverhead police officer attempted to pull over Mr. Trent on Union Avenue in Riverhead at 4:45 p.m., police said. Mr. Trent, driving a Nissan Maxima, fled the area and crashed into two vehicles at the intersection of Northville Turnpike and Elton Street, police said.

Mr. Trent fled on foot and was quickly apprehended. He was transported to police headquarters and held for arraignment.

The drivers in the two other vehicles involved in the accident, a 36-year-old woman and 51-year-old man, were transported to Peconic Bay Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries, police said.

The intersection remained closed for several hours while the scene was investigated, police said. New York State Police assisted in the investigation.

In 2012, Mr. Trent had an altercation with police in Cutchogue after being pulled over for a traffic violation, according to a prior report.