A Coram man is facing a slew of charges this morning after fleeing police who attempted a traffic stop during in Jamesport early this morning.

Riverhead Police were conducting a “STOP DWI” enforcement action when they pulled over a 2012 Mazda that was traveling eastbound on Main Road near Manor Lane at about 3:30 this morning, according to a police report. As an officer walked toward the Mazda, the driver sped off, leading police on a high-speed chase eastbound on Main Road.

Jovan Azon Bailey, 27, drove at speeds in excess of 80 mph, swerving in and out of the oncoming lane and crossing the double-yellow line to pass other vehicles, according to charges read aloud in Riverhead Justice Court this morning, where Bailey was arraigned by Justice Allen Smith.

Southold Town Police deployed “stop sticks” to disable Bailey’s vehicle, police said.

Bailey has 16 suspensions of his driver’s license as well as an outstanding warrant issued by Suffolk County District Court, according to the charges.

He was arrested at 3:38 a.m. and charged by Riverhead Police with aggravated unlicensed operation in the first degree, a felony, unlawful fleeing of a police officer in the second degree, reckless driving and numerous other vehicle and traffic law violations.

He is facing identical charges in Southold, the judge said, plus an additional charge of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree.

Bailey, who told the court he has worked for CNN Maintenance “off and on” for the past three years, was remanded to the Suffolk County Correctional Facility in lieu of $10,000 cash bail. He is due back in Riverhead Justice Court tomorrow morning.

According to online court records, Bailey is already facing felony unlicensed operation and misdemeanor controlled substance charges in county district court, stemming from a Feb. 4 arrest.
Editor’s note: A criminal charge is an accusation. By law, a person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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