Suffolk County

Man Whose Beating Sent Long Island Police Chief to Prison Is Arrested

What to Know

  • Christopher Loeb stole a duffel bag containing sex toys and police equipment from ex-Suffolk police chief James Burke's car in 2012
  • Burke admitted to beating Loeb and was sentenced to 46 months in jail
  • The former police chief resigned after also admitting to coercing other officers into lying about the case

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, authorities say. 

Christopher Loeb, 32, crashed into a sign in Ridge at about 8 p.m. Friday, Suffolk County police said. 

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.

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