Car smashes into Farmingdale home during chase, killing man watching TV

A high-speed police chase ended in tragedy Thursday after a car slammed into a Farmingdale house, killing a man. Police say the victim, 59-year-old William Calhoun, was watching television in his house

News 12 Staff

Dec 30, 2006, 12:00 AM

Updated 6,416 days ago

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A high-speed police chase ended in tragedy Thursday after a car slammed into a Farmingdale house, killing a man.
Police say the victim, 59-year-old William Calhoun, was watching television in his house on Route 109 near Vernon Street. According to police, officers in North Amityville approached 28-year-old Richard Mair, of Mastic, in his car because they suspected a drug deal was taking place. They say Mair then took off. Witnesses watched the car speed by with police in pursuit before his Pontiac sedan crashed. They say the entire car was lodged inside the house, and only the taillights were visible from the outside.
Meanwhile, Mair was brought to the hospital and treated for minor injuries. He is expected to be charged with driving under the influence and unlawful fleeing of a police officer. Suffolk County police are investigating the chase. However, Commissioner Richard Dormer says preliminary findings show the officers involved acted in the proper fashion.


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