Holbrook, NY - January 20, 2017 - Suffolk County Police have arrested two men after they fled from police last night.
Eddie Quinitchette exited the Hampton Inn, located at 2000 North Ocean Avenue, and was observed by police driving his 2016 Toyota Camry eastbound on the westbound lanes of Expressway Drive North at approximately 6:05 p.m. Quinitchette then made an illegal U-turn onto the westbound Long Island Expressway.
Highway Patrol Officer Glen Ritchie attempted to initiate a traffic stop but Quinitchette turned off his lights and fled westbound on the Long Island Expressway. Officer Ritchie pursued the vehicle to exit 61 of the Long Island Expressway where Quinitchette exited onto Patchogue Holbrook Road. Quinitchette then turned into an adjacent residential development where his passenger, Shaquan Gordon, exited the vehicle in front of 5 Tarkington Road in Holbrook and fled into neighboring back yards. Quinitchette then parked the Toyota in the driveway of 19 Tarkington Road and also fled on foot. Several residents on Tarkington Road approached responding Highway Patrol officers to report they had seen the suspects flee separately into their backyards.
Aviation Section and Canine Section officers were requested by Sergeant George Hodge and a perimeter was established by Sixth Precinct and Highway Patrol officers. Gordon was arrested in the backyard of a residence on Tarkington Road at approximately 6:25 p.m. Quinitchette, who was tracked through multiple back yards by Canine Section officers, was arrested after he was located hiding in the backseat of a Jeep located at a residence on Coleridge Street in Holbrook at approximately 7:40 p.m.
Quinitchette, 32, of Centereach, and Gordon, 20, of Amityville, were charged with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana, Unlawfully Fleeing the Police, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle. Quinitchette was also issued several traffic summonses.
Quinitchette and Gordon are scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on January 20.
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