Weird News of Week: ATV Chase, Rental Mess and One Rogue Peacock

Some stories are downright strange. Here's our wrap-up from around Northern Suffolk and the East End.

As a local news organization, Patch covers stories of all kinds, from heartbreaking tragedies to inspiring tales of community brotherhood. But some stories are just plain weird. Here are some of the stranger headlines from the past seven days.

ATV vs. Cops in All-Terrain Chase

Police in Southold were led on a high-speed chase this week when a man driving an all-terrain vehicle refused to stop and instead took off into the woods ... that is, after he let his girlfriend get off the vehicle first.

Though the vehicle was able to shake the cops on pursuit, police responded with a K-9 unit and found the woman hiding in the woods. But then another officer patrolling the area reportedly saw the ATV being loaded into the bed of a pickup truck. The man admitted to being the one who led them on the chase and was arrested.

You Want Me to Rent This?

An employee of Hertz told police that four rental cars parked at the East Hampton Airport in Wainscott had blue cleaner/detergent, syrup, eggs, and baking flour thrown at them overnight on Aug. 9. There was no lasting damage reported to the three 2012 Chevrolets and one 2012 Nissan, but a criminal mischief affidavit was signed.

Locals in Riverhead have gotten used to a new visitor in town, one whose beautiful plumage almost makes up for the all the poop it's been leaving in the streets.

The peacock has become a welcomed guest at Duck Pond Estates, where residents have spotted the animal since it first showed up a month ago. So far, nobody knows where the animal came from.

In fact, several residents have fed the bird, which believe it or not is well suited to living in this kind of climate zone.

Not all are peacock fans, though.

"At first it was fascinating and very cool but he poops everywhere," one resident, who asked not to be identified, told Patch. "We've stepped in it, and my husband is power washing every day. It's frustrating. My 3-year-old is not a fan."

Jim August 27, 2012 at 06:46 PM
I'd rather them be riding. Being bored equals trouble. Sending K-9 is a little much but ive heard of cops faking like they are having ATV problems and call other riders over and then get there clutches zip tied and takin. Teachs you you cant help anyone. Some people know good spots to ride and others take advantage of trails closer to houses which ruins it for everyone.
Bryan Rivera August 27, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Jim/Gail, riding does not keep kids out of trouble. First off, it's not legal to ride them here. So they're immediately breaking the law, aka, causing trouble. Second, they are absurdly loud and obnoxious for anyone who isn't enjoying speeding down a trail.
jeremiah bullfrog August 27, 2012 at 08:20 PM
If there was a legal trail system for atv riders on L.I., maybe there would be less illegal use of them. I was a member of a club that rented private land to ride on, we were closed down. Paid registration fees for establishing traisl on L.i.-robbed of money, got not even 1 trail! No atv's in pine barrens because of fragile environment-B.S.. Its ok to put up homes though. Its also patrolled by atv's. We pay hi taxes to not use or woodlands or beaches, I would run too. Take away more family activites, plop down the kids in front of the xbox, and wonder why they end up on drugs. You reap what you sew
Algebra August 28, 2012 at 01:18 AM
Well I want to be a farmer, but I only own a 1/4 acre of land. So who is going to allow me to entertain myself as a farmer and provide me with the land? Seriously, if you want to ride an atv in the wooods, go somewhere and BUY the land and do it. No one owes you a damn thing like that. Where do you think it is governments jobs to entertain you? You are probably a responsible rider, but you very well know that given the chance someone will screw it up for everyone else, get hurt and bring a suit against the appropriate municipality.
Bryan Rivera August 28, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Case in point, earlier this summer the riders by my house set the woods on fire. Whether on purpose or not, they endangered the lives and homes of all who live there. If riding ATVs is what you do for fun, maybe you should go live somewhere that allows riding ATVs for fun. I wouldn't move to Nebraska and blame the local government that there's nowhere for me to use my boat.


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