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Man whose beating sent NY police chief to prison is arrested

March 23, 2019
This March 3, 2017 photo shows Christopher Loeb during a court appearance at the Suffolk County Court in Riverhead , N.Y. when he was charged with burglarizing an unmarked police car belonging to Suffolk County Police Chief James Burke. Authorities say Loeb, whose 2012 beating in custody sent Burke to prison, has been arrested after he crashed his Jeep into a lawn sign and then struck a police vehicle on Friday, March 22, 2019. (James Carbone/Newsday via AP)

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.

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 from then-Suffolk Police Chief James Burke’s SUV. Burke was arrested in 2015 for beating Loeb while he was in custody.