Christopher Loeb

Suffolk County Sheriff's Office

Man Whose Beating Sent Suffolk County Police Chief To Prison Arrested

March 23, 2019 - 3:09 pm

RIDGE, N.Y. (AP) -- Authorities say a man whose beating in custody sent a Long Island police chief to prison has been arrested after he crashed his Jeep into a lawn sign and then struck a police vehicle.

Suffolk County police say 32-year-old Christopher Loeb crashed into a sign in Ridge at about 8 p.m. Friday.

They say he then struck a police car with the officer in it, then drove over several lawns and struck the officer's vehicle again.

He was later found hiding in a wooded area after his vehicle was discovered at a gas station, police say.

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Loeb was arrested on charges including reckless endangerment. A message was left with an attorney who represented Loeb in the past.

Loeb was arrested in 2012 for stealing a duffel bag full of ammunition and sex toys from then-Suffolk Police Chief James Burke's SUV.

Burke was arrested in 2015 for beating Loeb while he was in custody and served most of his 46-month prison sentence.