Daring Escape Attempt Ends With DWI Charge

A brazen 21-year-old on an unregistered ATV gave Southold Town Police a run for their money à la Steve McQueen in “The Great Escape.” Neither daredevil proved successful in the end, however.

Police said Leone was driving an unregistered and uninsured ATV through the heart of Greenport shortly before 5 AM on Saturday, April 20, when an officer attempted to make a traffic stop. Leone had other ideas and took off.

Leone fled through the village, into the Greenport High School parking lot and onto Moore’s Lane before hiding in the woods, according to a police press release.

Officers eventually located him and determined that he was intoxicated.

Leone was transported to Southold Town police headquarters and held for arraignment. In addition to DWI, he was charged with violations for operating without a license, registration, insurance, proper headlights and for failing to stop at a sign.

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