Center Moriches man arrested after Suffolk officer injured in Long Island accident

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Sunday, January 10, 2016

BROOKHAVEN, Long Island (WABC) -- Police have arrested a man following a hit-and-run accident that left a Suffolk County Police officer badly injured.

At 4 a.m. Saturday, police said Carlos Morocho, of Center Moriches, was driving a 2003 Ford van eastbound on Sunrise Highway in Brookhaven, near William Floyd Parkway. According to the Suffolk County Police Department, he rear-ended a police car in the left lane where an officer was helping a driver whose car was on fire.

Morocho fled on foot, but was arrested shortly afterwards, police said.

Morocho, 27, is facing several charges including leaving the scene of an incident, DWI, and aggravated unlicensed operation of a car.

The injured officer was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

Morocho is expected to be arraigned in Central Islip on Sunday.