SUFFOLK COUNTY, NY – According to Newsday.com, three accidents occurred in Suffolk County, all involving police vehicles, within three hours’ time. One of the collision occurred when a gang member drove into a police vehicle, clipping the car before starting a high-speed chase. The pursuit ended in Farmingdale when the suspect was unable to escape a police helicopter.
The suspect, 19-year-old Jhion Goff, is a member of the Bloods gang. After stopping his vehicle, he briefly attempted to run on foot from the scene before being apprehended.
Another crash took place when a police officer was turning left into a parking lot by the Blackstone Steakhouse at about 8:39 in the morning. The officer was responding to a report of an overturned vehicle that was located in the lot. A 2014 BMW hit the officer’s vehicle. Both the officer and the other driver were transported to nearby hospitals for treatment.
A collision involving another police officer occurred at about 10 in the morning when an officer was driving with the vehicle’s emergency lights activated. The officer slowed to turn causing a pickup truck behind the vehicle to slow as well. A minivan behind the pickup truck failed to slow down and hit the truck pushing it into the officer’s vehicle. All three drivers, including the officer, were taken to the Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center.
Police vehicles often travel to emergency situations. This can sometimes mean that they will be driving at high rates of speed. While firetrucks and ambulances do not tend to have higher accident rates when they respond to the scene of crashes, an increase is seen with police vehicles.
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