Sag Harbor Man Faces Felony Drug Charges After High Speed Chase




Joseph R. Dowling, 22, of Sag Harbor is facing felony and misdemeanor drug charges after being arrested by East Hampton Town Police following a high speed chase on Route 114 early Thursday, October 16.

Mr. Dowling was charged with two felony drug counts and seven misdemeanor drug and traffic charges when he was apprehended on Swamp Road in Northwest Woods, according to East Hampton Town Police.

Captain Chris Anderson of the East Hampton Town Police said a police officer “observed suspicious activity between the defendant and another vehicle,” which were parked on the side of the road. “When he approached, the defendant fled,” Capt. Anderson said.

A high speed chase followed. Police said Mr. Dowling fled north on Route 114 into Sag Harbor, where village police joined in the chase, before doubling back down Route 114. He was eventually pulled over on Swamp Road, where he was arrested, Captain Anderson said.

While searching Mr. Dowling’s car, police said they found a small envelope containing heroin and several other envelopes containing cocaine, as well as a quantity of marijuana.

Mr. Dowling faces felony counts of possession of a controlled substance in the fourth degree, misdemeanor counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree,  two counts of criminally using drug paraphernalia, reckless driving, and fleeing an officer in motor vehicle, all misdemeanors.

He was arraigned that morning before East Hampton Town Justice Steven Tekulsky and released after posting $2,500 bail.



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