On Sunday, May 1, 2022, at approximately 11:25 am, a Trooper attempted to stop a Nissan Altima for speeding on the Northern State Parkway in the area of New Highway, in the town of Smithtown, Suffolk County, but the driver failed to comply. After a brief pursuit, the Nissan entered the on-ramp to the Sunken Meadow Parkway, but the driver failed to negotiate the curve and crashed into the wood line. The driver then fled on foot.
A search for the driver was conducted by the State Police and Suffolk County Police, but the driver was not located. Two passengers in the vehicle, Patrice Gordon, 25 years-old of Selden, NY and Landre Simmons, 39 years-old of North Babylon, NY were both taken into custody.
Investigation revealed there was a loaded 9mm Polymer 80 Inc., Model PF940C, with no serial number, also referred to as a “ghost gun”, inside the vehicle.
Both Gordon and Simmons were charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon 2nd degree, a C-Felony and Criminal Possession of a Weapon 3rd degree, a D-Felony and were held for arraignment on May 2, 2022, at Suffolk County 1st District Court.