A Central Islip man made headlines this past weekend after leading law enforcement officials on a prolonged - and incredibly fast chase - that will likely result in far more than just a speeding ticket.
According to police reports, 26-year-old Joseph M. was observed traveling at a high rate of speed on the Long Island Expressway shortly after midnight last Sunday.
Responding officers initially clocked his 2003 Mitsubishi Evolution at 122 miles-per-hour between the westbound 46 and 44 exits. A short while later, near the westbound 41 exit, he was clocked going 126 miles-per-hour.
When Joseph M. was eventually apprehended at westbound exit 34, police indicated that the chase had proved rather hazardous to other drivers.
"During the process of following and bringing [Joseph M.] to a stop, other motorists on the road were observed being forced to take evasive action in order to avoid becoming involved in a collision," read a statement from the Nassau County Police Department.
Interestingly, it was later revealed that Joseph M. was also allegedly driving drunk at the time of the chase.
He has since been charged with reckless endangerment, reckless driving, DWI and ten other traffic violations. His bail was set at $7,000 cash or a $15,000 bond.
Fortunately, no one was injured during the chase.
A speeding ticket can result in serious consequences, including fines, points against your license, increased insurance rates, license suspension/revocation or even jail time. Accordingly, if you or a loved one has received a speeding ticket, don't just dismiss it.
Instead, consider contacting an attorney who understands New York's confusing legal system, and who can help you evaluate your options and make the right decisions.
Stay tuned for further developments from our New York traffic law blog ...
This post was provided for informational purposes only and is not to be construed as legal advice. Names have been withheld to protect the identity of the accused.
Man arrested after driving 126 mph on L.I.E. (MYFox-NY)
Cops: DWI suspect sped 12p mph on L.I.E. (The Long Island Press)