A 21-year-old Southold man operating an ATV on the road led Southold Police on a chase through the Bayview section of Southold Thursday afternoon, before he was stopped and issued 11 traffic violations, according to police.
The driver, William S. Moore, who was initially driving with a female passenger, fled when an officer attempted to stop him for driving on the road. He then drove into the woods near North Bayview Ext., according to police reports.
Police said they responded to Colonial Drive, where they found the ATV again with only the man on board, who refused to stop and again entered the woods. An officer found the female passenger, who said the driver was her boyfriend, hiding in the woods. They took the woman to her boyfriend’s house, which was nearby, while K-9 police and several other units responded to attempt to find the driver. A K-9 officer reportedly found the man loading the ATV into the bed of a pickup truck, after which he admitted to operating the ATV and was taken to headquarters, was issued the traffic tickets and released.
Mr. Moore was issued tickets for operating an unregistered motor vehicle in the public roadway, driving without an inspection sticker, driving without insurance, not wearing a helmet, two tickets for failing to stop at a stop sign, two counts of failing to signal for a turn, moving from his lane of travel unsafely, driving to the left of pavement markers and for not yielding at a stop sign.
His ATV was towed to the police impound.