Wild chase on Long Island

November 25, 2008 9:36:12 PM PST
A police pursuit ended with the suspect shot in Amityville, Long Island on Tuesday afternoon. According to investigators, the suspect's car was stopped in Massapequa on North Rutherford as part of a narcotics investigation. A driver and a passenger were in the car during the stop. The driver took off.

Two police vehicles chased the vehicle on Southern State Boulevard. The vehicle got stuck in the mud at Broadway. An officer approached.

"As the officer approached, he noticed the driver appeared to be trying to get the car back into gear. He reached in to put the car into park. The suspect got the car back into gear and drove off at a high rate of speed, dragging the officer along," Det. Lt. Kevin Smith said.

The officer managed to fire his gun, hitting the driver in the left arm. The officer then fell off the car.

The suspect headed for the exit to Route 110, but at the intersection of Locust Drive and County Line Road, he lost control. The car slammed into a tree.

The driver was taken into custody. His injury was not considered life-threatening.

The passenger ran off and, police believe, was picked up by someone else. Pollice were still searching for him.

The officer who was dragged was not seriously hurt.

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