UPDATE: Quiogue Man Arrested After Fleeing Accident; Montauk Highway Remains Closed

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UPDATE: 5:30 p.m.

Southampton Town Police Sergeant James Cavanagh said the driver, Coleman McCarthy, 48, fled from his car and ran into the woods after crashing into the two utility poles on Friday afternoon.

Responding officers located him a short time later at his Quiogue home, where he was arrested and charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor, and leaving the scene of an accident, a violation.

Sgt. Cavanagh said Mr. McCarthy fled the accident scene because he was “scared,” adding that he does not expect additional charges to be filed against the driver.

Mr. McCarthy was transported to police headquarters in Hampton Bays for processing and is expected to be released after posting bail, which had not yet been set.

Montauk Highway, meanwhile, remained closed as of 5 p.m. Friday while LIPA crews repaired the two damaged utility poles.

Mark Gross, a spokesman for the utility, said about 256 customers lost power as a result of the accident, though he said crews should have power restored to most by early evening.

ORIGINAL STORY:

Both directions of Montauk Highway on Quiogue remained closed on Friday afternoon, between Meeting House and Aspatuck roads, after a car hit a pair of utility poles near the intersection of South Country Road, knocking down one pole and strewing wires across the road.

The accident took place shortly before 1:40 p.m. and Southampton Town Police said the wires were still live as of 2 p.m., and that they were awaiting a Long Island Power Authority crew to shut off the power and make repairs.

The car, a silver sedan, came to a stop after it crashed into a second pole, where it remained while police investigated.

It was not immediately clear if the driver suffered any injuries, or it the car contained any passengers.

The Westhampton Beach Fire Department also responded to the scene.

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