Man with suspended license hid from cops in bathroom, police say

A Greenport man with nine prior suspensions on his license was arrested Sunday afternoon after he tried to hide from police in a bathroom, according to a Southold Town police report.

Authorities said police spotted 56-year-old Alfred Welch violating traffic law on Route 48 about 3:15 p.m. and attempted to pull him over. Mr. Welch ran from the vehicle, police said, and into his home’s basement to hide from the police officer.

Mr. Welch was eventually found in the first-floor bathroom of the house and was taken into custody. Authorities learned that in addition to his suspensions, his registration was also suspended and his vehicle had a forged inspection sticker.

Mr. Welch was charged with aggravated unlicensed driving, a misdemeanor, as well as other traffic law violations, according to a news release.