Cops to Charge Driver for Taking Shooting Victim To Hospital in 'High-Speed Chase'

East Hampton Village police chief says "someone could have been killed" during what he categorized as a high-speed chase.

The driver of the car has been given a summons for several misdemeanors, including reckless driving and fleeing a police officer, according to East Hampton Village police on Friday afternoon.

Chief Jerry Larsen said the woman, whose name he declined to release due to the ongoing investigation into the shooting in the town police's jurisdiction, led police on a high-speed chase for over 11 miles. "They could have killed somebody," he said.

More serious charges are possible, he said.

Frederic Stephens Jr., a 20-year-old from East Hampton, suffered a single gunshot wound to the arm/torso area, according to East Hampton Town police, which are investigating the incident that they said took place at 154 Springs-Fireplace Road in East Hampton on Thursday night around 8:30 p.m.

The incident went unreported until Village Police Officer Mario Julio Galeano was on patrol on Railroad Avenue shortly after it took place and saw a Hyndai Elantra "come flying across" Cooper Lane, Larsen said. Galeano caught up with the car as it turned into the American gas station on Montauk Highway in the village, to avoid the traffic light. However, the car got caught up in traffic at the pumps.

Stephens got out of the rear-passenger seat of the car, that was being driven by a woman, and told the officer he had been shot. Galeano radioed for the East Hampton Village Ambulance Association to respond expeditiously. Another man and woman were also inside the vehicle, Larsen said.

But, Stephens, who was jumping around, got back in the car and it took off headed west on Montauk Highway, Larsen said. "He starts pursuing them," he said of the officer. "But he doesn't know what he's got. He doesn't know if the shooter is in the vehicle or even if the kid was really shot."

"This was definitely a pursuit and definitely a dangerous pursuit," the chief said. The car was driving of speeds of upwards 80 mph, and driving down the middle of the highway, around cars, in Bridgehampton at 45 mph, he said.

Southampton Hospital was informed that the car might be headed there, Larsen said.

The entire pursuit is caught on the police in-car camera system, Larsen said. He added that it would have been too dangerous for police to use maneuvers with their vehicles to stop the Elantra.

In all there were about five police — East Hampton village and town police and Southampton Town police — were in pursuit of the car carrying Stephens on Montauk Highway. The car pulled into the emergency entrance at Southampton Hospital at about 9 p.m.

Sag Harbor-based attorney Steven Grossman happened to be inside the ER on another matter when Stephens, who is his client, came stammering through the doors.

"He was crying out he'd been shot," Grossman said on Friday afternoon, as he drove to Stony Brook University Medical Center, where his client was recovering from surgery.

There were a dozen police units outside, including the Southampton Village police and State Police. "I've never seen so many police cars in one place in my life," he said.

The driver was taken into police custody. Village gave her a summons charging her with misdemeanors, as well as several traffic violations, Larsen said. She will be arraigned on those charges at a later date.

Meanwhile, town police are still seeking a suspect in the shooting.

Nay May 26, 2012 at 01:33 AM
I love how people can make assumptions based on pure IGNORANCE! Don't judge before you hear the whole story. Until then keep your dumb ass comments to yourself
Annonymous May 26, 2012 at 01:47 AM
Assumptions are based on something you don't know for a fact. I know for a fact the kid is always out for trouble. He recently got out of jail, was caught driving under the influence of alcohol recently, and has plenty of contact with drugs. So now tell me who the IGNORANT person is? Kids like him make our town look like crap and make the locals that live around here fearful.
MARTIN DREW May 26, 2012 at 03:08 AM
No shooter has been arrested? Amazing !
Pavel May 26, 2012 at 03:47 AM
ViralGrain May 26, 2012 at 07:23 AM
People may be shot hundreds of times a day, but not around here they don't. I don't know if you get out much but I can't recall the last time I went from here to the next town where I didn't see someone driving in some sort of reckless matter. Just kidding, trying to make light. Thank God no one else was hurt in the fiasco. The dude got shot for what ever reason. Thats not a minor emergency. Ideally the ambulance would of gotten him there faster but who knows like I mentioned earlier. I do put things vice versa before I type. You got some young adults which one is shot most likely screaming bloody murder. Every one discovers real quick that they aren't gangtsa any more and are scared out of their wits. You go into survival mode. In a phycological sense you are in the middle of nowhere. Your perception narrows quickly and you are reacting with only one goal in mind. Whatever it is that will ensure surviving. In this case it was the hospital. It may be a gamble to wait for an ambulance one may consider. Like I said perception narrows quickly and tunnel vision sets in. Thing is, its real easy for some people to say what should of, could of, and would of if it was them, but it wasn't you! Unless you got consistent training for such specific scenarios you really don't know what your gonna do even with training till that senario presents its self. Hopefully this is a wake up call to them to changed their way and an opportunity for education to take place.
Mariej May 26, 2012 at 10:28 AM
Where is the update? How long is it going to take to make the arrest and hopefully keep "the suspect" behind bars for a while. I believe this has been a long time coming.
nicole c May 26, 2012 at 11:16 AM
He without sin cast the first stone, secondly don't think anyone should be putting ppl criminal record out like that, anyway it would have been best to just wait on the ambulance things we do in life sure got consequences.
MARTIN DREW May 26, 2012 at 11:18 AM
Funny how POLICE work goes .. I know of instances where people have verbal disagreements abd someone gets arrested ; figure shooting someone wuth a shotgun might have a similar speedy result ... Funny how things go in East Hampton ..
Bill Graham May 26, 2012 at 12:58 PM
Enjoy the summer folks!! I'll be far far away from the East End till September!!! Place is going down the tubes....
Solusipse May 26, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Instead of chasing the car or cailing the ambulance, why didn't the police safely escort her to the hospital with their lights and sirens.
Newman May 26, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Because if the police try to escort,and an accident or worse, happens, than who do u think takes on that liability? The ones with the deepest pockets, the police dept. No emergency escorts at high rates of speed are policies of most departments, and rightfully so. The officers response is more than appropriate. It is illogical to think An unmarked car with no emergency lights or sirens will get u there quicker than an ambulance is not a good idea. What obligates a driver to get out of your way, if your goal is to get to the ER as fast as possible. In a marked emergency vehicle, drivers are required by law to get out of the way.
fatcat May 26, 2012 at 02:44 PM
considering the "victim" saw his attorney before even seeing the doctor, and the fact that he fled from the police, it would be safe to assume that there is no co-operation in the investigation.You think this this guy doesn't know who shot him? If God forbid - he dies, the very people that are withholding info from the cops will be begging them for justice. Until then, I hope Mr Grossman and all involved can sleep soundly knowing that gangsta-wannabes are armed and ready to handle it themselves.
Eastend50 May 26, 2012 at 03:36 PM
The "chase" should have been terminated long before Hyndai ever reached Southampton Hospital, even if it meant forcing the car off the roadway. The longer something like this is allowed to continue, the greater the chance of a colision with another car. The police lucked out on this in that no members of the public were injured or killed. If there had been a death as a result of this chase, there would have been hell to pay later on in liability issues. Bottom line. Some judge will take pity on the driver's state of mind at the time of the violations, and toss out the tickets. Won't amount to anything in the end.
MARTIN DREW May 26, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Was he shot in his house or someone else's ; the right to defend yourself in your property must be defended.. Who owns/rents the house? Is he/she the shooter ? In defending thier property and safety from danger from a individual posing threats ? Good thing they shot him in the house and not outside ... Click ; Click ; BOOM ! Life limb and property defended . The "victim" should be grateful the shooter winged him .. Could have been dead on the spot ; will a lesson be learned? Lets see what the facts reveal ..
Francis J. Bock May 26, 2012 at 05:36 PM
WOW! It's hard to tell the crazies apart on this blog.
Walter Noller May 26, 2012 at 06:37 PM
"People are shot hundreds of times a day all over the country."... Seems like a waste of bullets to me. How many times does one have to reload or are they just carrying that much fire power? If this is happening every day, it's no wonder folks feel they need to take matters into their own hands... emergency personnel must be having a hell of a time cleaning up that mess. :-0 Morality, ethics and the English language are all suffering, it would seem. I would think bad judgement (on the part of the driver) was propagated by a, perhaps, illegal situation that ended with a gun shot. Having police pursue a person involved (indirectly or otherwise) in such a matter would be the last thing they'd want to deal with. First aid first and deal with legal matters later. Not that it's the best idea, but it would seem it's human nature. Just one more sobering thought: Everyone who gets behind the wheel of a car has the potential of "killing somebody" or being involved in an accident with someone who has other things on their mind. Never take the other drivers' actions or ability for granted. Case in point.
BooBa May 26, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Nobody arrested yet! Bravo EH Police!
MARTIN DREW May 26, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Defending oneself is NOT crazy ... Its a right of survival when someone poses a threat in MY home ..MY castle ; be careful when crossing a boundry known to be "Private Property" ; as tresspassers may be shot . Home defense 101 ; Flashlight mounted on 12 guage ..Bub!
Yvette Somekh May 27, 2012 at 11:21 AM
My thoughts and prayers are with the families of all involved.
highhatsize May 27, 2012 at 11:46 PM
So, a guy has been shot (and is bleeding profusely and in fear for his life?) and he is being transported to the emergency room. A cop stops the car and says wait right here for the ambulance (which will probably take a quarter of an hour.) If "I'm" the guy, I hope the driver will do just what the unnamed woman in the story did; ignore the cop; and continue on to the hospital. She should have driven more carefully but had she, the cops would likely have stopped her again. God bless friends who will choose your life over legal sanction. The judge SHOULD throw out the tickets.
Catherine M. Casey May 29, 2012 at 01:49 PM
This was Dumb and Dumber friendly fire not a home invasion. You NRA types don't want to get behind any of the parties involved. It is never a good idea to ignore the police whether you agree or not. Being transported in an ambulance is smarter. Wait 5 minutes for the EMT's and they will administer triage care en route to the hospital. They also would have called it in and been directed to Stony Brook without wasting time in the Southampton ER bay. If he died n the car the driver might be held responsible. Every one over estimates their driving ability, this young driver is no exception. Any gun shot or stabbing is reported to the police anyway so not calling an ambulance is not avoiding police involvement.
Taylor K. Vecsey (Editor) May 29, 2012 at 02:12 PM
For an update to this article, please click here: http://patch.com/A-tCq8
Ehtownlocal May 30, 2012 at 09:00 PM
The shooter has been identified, just the name not being released to the public...I guess being a drug dealer you get to have your name with held…I think that the driver should have been arrested. Fleeing the police I thought was a serious crime, and I am wondering if the same judge that gave her the fines, is the same judge that has let Mr. Stephens off in the past, as well as Mr. Stephens cousin Jasmine Stephens. She was arrested for robbing the boat house with her friend Tevin Campbell...which that judge let them off many times with a slap on the wrist..Jasmine and Teven have since broken into many homes in the East Hampton area over this past winter and they are still out walking and causing crimes...lets go judge cahill…
The Voice May 31, 2012 at 02:57 AM
He that cast the first stone.
Richie Rich June 01, 2012 at 01:16 PM
First of all I shot him because he owed me a substantial amount of cash. I do not give a @*#k about any of you or the police!
Richie Rich June 01, 2012 at 01:26 PM
America is the number one consumer of drugs in the whole world, including legal ones. Alcohol too! Hypocrites!!!
Ehtownlocal June 01, 2012 at 02:03 PM
To Richie Rich: If you are the shooter, did u not say it was an accident? And plead not guilty in court, and Mr. Stephens mother say that as well! Americans are the number one consumer of drugs, as well as legal ones!! But YOU also need to understand that being in possession of legal prescribed ones in your own name does not give u or anyone the right to sell them to others or steal them from your family!!! I hope you get what is coming to u, as well as everyone else involved...
Taylor K. Vecsey (Editor) June 06, 2012 at 10:55 PM
I just deleted a comment from "freddie" due to the curse words, which violate our terms of service. He is welcome to repost without the curse words, and I encourage him to do so. Any issues, please email at Taylor.Vecsey@patch.com.
Yvette Somekh June 06, 2012 at 11:17 PM
I'm sorry, Freddie for your troubles. My prayers are with you and your family at this time.
ViralGrain June 07, 2012 at 03:01 AM
I know you deleted the comment from "freddie" because of the curse words, but I think its important that the community reads this for them selves, so I took the liberty of censoring it with out alternating it in anyway other then where there was curse words. "hahaha all of you are stupid as f*** how about you get off the computer worrying about me and go take care of your kids. Nothing about me is "gangsta" haha you all just go by what you hear. There are plenty of ppl that get arrested for DWI so what is that proving?Now im a bad person because i got one. I,ve lived in this town since i was born and all you stuck up white people do is wait for something to happen so you can talk s***. Until u r in the situation i was in and know what you're talking about you should keep your comments to yourself. But I will let yall say what you want up here hiding behind other names. You all are f-ing pus****s and if anyone feels any type of way you can come to my house and ill smack the sh** out of you...SUCK MY BIG BLACK D****" -As for you Freddie- Absolute shame! You are a man now and despite what cards were delt to you in your younger days, you have the power now to do whats rite for you and your future. You should take this as a second chance on life and thank everyday your lucky stars and the doctors, you are not in a box rite now or a paraplegic. Live righteous now! You were given a second chance! Don't be an ungrateful fool! Do good by people. Take today as a new start.


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