Police Charge Woman With Hitting Traffic Control Officer With SUV Near Bridgehampton School


A Riverhead woman who Southampton Town Police say struck a traffic control officer with her SUV in front of the Bridgehampton School last week before fleeing the scene has turned herself in.

Authorities said Shadaya Freeman, 18, was charged with leaving the scene of an accident causing injury, a misdemeanor, for hitting the officer on Monday, September 16, while he was directing traffic in front of the Montauk Highway school.

Police said Ms. Freeman, who turned herself in on Friday, stopped next to a crosswalk in front of the school to pick up two people as they were leaving the building at around 2:45 p.m. It was around that time that the teenager, who was driving a 2003 Dodge Durango, got into a verbal altercation with a pedestrian on the sidewalk.

The officer attempted to direct Ms. Freeman to pull off the road while he attended to other pedestrians, according to police, but Ms. Freeman attempted to drive around him, heading west in the eastbound lane, striking the officer in the back of the head with her side view mirror and rolling over his left foot before driving away.

The officer, who was not identified by police, was taken by the Bridgehampton Fire Department Ambulance Company to Southampton Hospital. He was treated for his injuries and released later the same day.

Ms. Freeman turned herself in at 5:26 p.m. Friday and was brought to police headquarters in Hampton Bays for processing. She was the released on an appearance ticket and is due in Southampton Justice Court on October 16.

Flanders Man Threatened

By Man Wielding Knives

A Flanders man was confronted Sunday night by another man who brandished a pair of knives and threatened to cut him.

The victim, a Silver Brook Drive resident, told Southampton Town Police that a man with whom he’d had prior run-ins hopped out of a Jeep on Cypress Avenue in Flanders and approached him with a knife in each hand. The victim told police that he ran away as his attacker approached him swinging the knives, with two other individuals in tow assisting him.

The man also told police he believes he was specifically targeted by the individuals, and that the confrontation was part of an ongoing conflict between his attackers and certain residents of Cypress Avenue.

Police, who said they do not think the incident was gang-related, said no other victims have filed similar complaints with them.

Man Assaulted With Bat

Following Traffic Dispute

A Mastic Beach man was assaulted by an unidentified man with a bat at 6:05 a.m. on September 17 near the intersection of Hubbard Lane and Magee Street in Southampton Village.

The victim told police he was driving east on County Road 39 at about 6 a.m. in his Ford van when his attacker, who was driving in front of him, started to pump his brakes. The man told police he perceived this as a sign of anger but did not specify why.

The victim, sensing that the man was upset, turned off County Road 39 onto Hubbard Lane, but the other man headed him off and blocked the road near the Magee Street intersection, where he exited his vehicle with a baseball bat, police said.

The victim told police he then exited his car and told the other man, who was visibly upset, to be careful about what he was doing. When the victim turned to walk back to the van, the other man struck him with the bat repeatedly until it broke.

After being hit several times, the victim was able to get the bat away from his attacker, according to police, and then chased him away. The victim then drove back to County Road 39 and headed east, stopping at a 7-Eleven to call the police. An ambulance picked him up and transported him to Southampton Hospital for treatment.

Police, who are still investigating, said they do not know what prompted the incident.

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