Cops: Motorcyclist crashes in Cutchogue, flees into woods

A motorcyclist crashed on Route 25 Thursday night and fled into the woods, leading to a large-scale search from Southold Police that included a K-9 unit and a Suffolk County Police helicopter. 

A Southold officer observed a black motorcycle with one person on it driving at a high rate of speed eastbound on Route 25 in Mattituck at around 10:30 p.m., police said. The motorcycle passed two eastbound cars as it approached a bend in the road at Manor Hill in Cutchogue, police said. When the officer arrived at the top of the hill, he spotted the motorcycle crashed in the road with the driver no where to be found.

A witness told police the driver ran into the woods, police said.

The search led to police locating the owner of the motorcycle a short distance away. The owner, Robert DeJesus, 35, claimed to be the passenger on the motorcycle at the time of the crash. He was transported to Peconic Bay Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries, police said.

No other person was ever located.

Police did not list any charges yet against the owner of the motorcycle.