MEDFORD, Long Island, N.Y. — Suffolk County Police allege that a 17-year-old male from Medford, Long Island caused two motor vehicle crashes and fled from both according to NewsDay.com. Suffolk County Police investigators claim that the teenager struck a police officer on Friday. The teen now faces numerous criminal charges in connection with these incidents. He was held instead of payment of bail or bond after his arraignment on Sunday.
A Suffolk County Police officer is recovering from injuries suffered when a 17-year-old male allegedly ran the officer down Friday night just after 11:00 p.m. Newsday reports that the injured officer was called to investigate reports of a suspicious car in Brentwood. The teen driver allegedly hit the officer with a car and drove away from the scene on Route 111 in a northerly direction. News reports did not say whether the officer was investigating the teen’s car as a result of the suspicious vehicle call. The officer sustained non-life-threatening injuries and received treatment at a local hospital. Suffolk police charged the teen was assault and reckless endangerment for his alleged conduct in the Friday night incident.
On Saturday in Medford, the 17-year-old, while driving a 2018 Mazda sedan with two passengers, collided with a 2001 Nissan driver by a 42-year-old female motorist. The teen was driving north on Gordon Avenue near the intersection with Granny Road. The 911 call reporting the crash came in to police around 6:45 p.m. The teen driver and his two passengers, a male, and a female, ran from the vehicle. Suffolk police sought assistance from police in helicopters and canine officers to apprehend the driver and passengers. Police captured them about 30 minutes after the accident.
Police in that incident charged the teen driver with leaving the scene as well as two drug charges. He is presumed innocent of all charges. The woman involved in the accident was uninjured.
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