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Driver Flees After Crash in East Hampton Village

Suffolk County police helicopter used thermal imaging to search for the driver in the woods after officers heard someone running.

East Hampton Village police are investigating who was behind the wheel of a sport utility that crashed on Friday.

An officer on routine patrol said he found a 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee in the woods on the north side of Montauk Highway just east of Stephen Hands Path at about 7:40 p.m. The Jeep had hit a utility pole before crashing into trees about 15 feet off the roadway.

The Jeep was unoccupied.

The officer started to check the woods and heard someone running off. With the help of East Hampton Town police, a perimeter was set up, but they were unable to locate the person.

The Suffolk County police aviation unit was brought in for an aerial search with the help of thermal imaging for 45 minutes.

Police checked the car owner's residence, which is also in the village, but were unable to locate him. The vehicle was impounded.

Chief Jerry Larsen said on Monday that no arrests have been made. An interview with the owner has been arranged for the coming days, according to detectives.

1/2 n 1/2, 2 sugars December 26, 2012 at 11:29 AM
No comment.
peter dayton December 26, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Too much money spent on that one . I think
peter dayton December 26, 2012 at 02:20 PM
How much does it cost to use a helicopter for 45 minutes ?
CHARLES December 26, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Big Foot got away again!
Preliator December 26, 2012 at 05:16 PM
They should just ban these car things before anyone gets hurt.
Dee Bins December 26, 2012 at 05:32 PM
PD - maybe you could pay the helicopter bill as a donation with the money you haven't paid to your vendors and subs?
peter dayton December 26, 2012 at 06:07 PM
which vendors and subs?
phinn markson December 27, 2012 at 06:44 AM
What a waste of resources. Good god. What's the worst possible outcome,as far as charges are concerned? DWI/DUI,leaving the scene of an accident. That's it. And that, prey tell warrants a 45 min helicopter deployment?
1/2 n 1/2, 2 sugars December 31, 2012 at 12:09 PM
@phinn... I have an answer to your "worst possible outcome" question... If they are not caught, odds are they will drive drunk again, and next time maybe they will kill someone, possibly someone close to you that you love. We also have no idea of the particulars or what could have been found inside the car. Or, maybe the driver was badly hurt, with or without passengers, and needed medical attention. You need to think before you write, worst possible outcome could me anything... With the number of lives lost to drunk driving out here, I think the enforcement and investigation expenses are money well spent...!!!

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