Riverhead (WALK) - A Shirley man suspected of driving while impaired and assaulting his girlfriend is still hospitalized after his car crashed while he was being chased by police.
Riverhead police who responded to a 911 call from the TJ Maxx Plaza in Riverhead on Sunday night say that Robert Davis had been seen there, assaulting his girlfriend in front of the Best Yet Market. Arriving officers saw Davis, 52, trying to race away in a red 4-door sedan that struck another vehicle as it exited the shopping center onto County Route 58.
At that point, a low-speed chase began, with the red car rolling on a flat tire. The vehicle entered the westbound Long Island Expressway, where it hit a guardrail and then ran off the road, striking some trees near exit 71, according to investigators.
Davis was taken by helicopter to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he was admitted with injuries that are not considered life-threatening. He is now charged with assault, driving while impaired, and several traffic violations.
Kathleen VanVorst has been identied as the assault victim. VanVorst, 52, was treated for her injuries at a hospital.