April 05, 2006
Hampton Bays Honda, High Speed & Holy Smokes!
No one had worked out the mileage, but it was quite a distance. Last Wednesday Kirk Alfaro, 37, allegedly led police on a nearly hour long harrowing high-speed chase. The odyssey crossed town borders stretching from the driveway of a Hampton Bays residence where Alfaro allegedly swiped a Honda to Pond Road in Ronkonkoma.
Along the way, cops said, the accused car thief ignored red lights, stop signs, and speed limits. He hit a car at the intersection of Montauk Highway and Horseblock Road in Brookhaven, crashed the Honda into tree, then rammed a patrol vehicle, police said.
It all started on Bay Avenue East on Hampton Bays just after 10 last Wednesday morning. A resident called the cops when she saw someone steal the Honda from her driveway. The woman jumped into another car at the scene and followed the culprit. She told police the suspect was heading west on Sunrise Highway in Eastport.
Within 15 minutes a member of the Suffolk County Police Department joined the chase. Occupants of the vehicle involved in the first accident were injured, cops said. Still the suspect's flight continued. At least twice, cops said, Alfaro called in phony 911 calls on a cellphone in an attempt to divert enforcement attention from the pursuit. Presumably, he wasn't using a hands free system.
After 50 minutes, the Honda crashed into a tree, then rammed a cop car, injuring officers inside. An arrest was ultimately effectuated.
According to SCPD, Alfaro has no known address. He was charged with first degree reckless endangerment, second degree assault, felony criminal possession of stolen property and criminal mischief, resisting arrest, falsely reporting an incident, insurance fraud, leaving the scene of an accident, grand larceny, and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. He was given 18 traffic citations.