Ariel Vazquez, William Martorony charged in Yonkers chase, crashes
A three-mile police chase in Yonkers on Wednesday ended with two city men facing multiple charges and seven people injured, including the two suspects, police said.
The pursuit began about 5:30 p.m., when an unmarked police SUV pulled over a Nissan Maxima for vehicle and traffic violations in front of the Shell Car Wash at 364 Nepperhan Ave., Yonkers police Det. Lt. Patrick McCormack said Thursday.
As an officer walked up to the Nissan, it took off, hitting a backup police car at the scene and then speeding down Ashburton Avenue toward Yonkers Avenue with police in pursuit, McCormack said. Police officers saw a man toss a handgun out of the Nissan along Ashburton Avenue, he said.
The Nissan continued down Rumsey Road and then turned right onto Park Hill Road. A little less than half a mile later, the car veered into three empty parked cars, then hit a Honda Accord with two people in it, injuring them slightly, McCormack said. They were treated and released from a hospital, he said.
Police moved in and arrested Ariel Vazquez, 44, and William Martorony, 18, both of 431 Schroeder St. in Yonkers. The gun tossed on Ashburton Avenue was found and turned out to be a loaded, .38-caliber handgun reported stolen from Nassau County, McCormack said. A handgun holster also was recovered from the Nissan, he said.
Three officers were hurt slightly in the incident and were treated and released from a hospital, McCormack said. Vazquez suffered broken ankle bones and Martorony complained of neck and back pain, he said. Both were taken to a hospital.
Vazquez and Martorony each were charged with numerous counts of second-degree assault, second-degree criminal gun possession and possession of stolen property. Vazquez, the driver, was additionally charged with reckless driving, reckless endangerment and unlawfully fleeing the scene of an accident.
Martorony was arraigned Thursday before Yonkers City Court Judge Thomas R. Daly and sent to Westchester County Jail in Valhalla in lieu of $50,000 bail or $50,000 bond, a court official said. His next court date is March 28, and he is being represented by the Legal Aid Society of Westchester County. His attorney could not be reached Thursday.
Vazquez remained in the hospital Thursday and will be arraigned when he is released, the court official said.