Two men were arrested — and two police officers suffered minor injuries — following an attempted traffic stop, crash and confrontation Tuesday in Westbury, Nassau County police said.
Police said the driver, Adolph Ford Jr., 45, of Mirin Avenue, Roosevelt, fled the scene after crashing his car on Powells Lane at 6:55 p.m., but was arrested not long after — and charged with reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident and was issued 11 traffic citations.
Police said Ford also was found to have an open state parole warrant.
A passenger, identified as Anthony A. Porteous, of Hopper Street, Westbury, was charged with two counts of second-degree assault after police said he attacked the two officers; one officer suffered a broken hand, the other unspecified hand injuries. Police said Porteous was subdued with a stun gun. A third man was not charged.
The incident began when officers saw the blue 2006 Nissan Altima driven by Ford traveling “in excess of speed prudent for the roadway” on Sherman Street, a side street in New Cassel. The officers attempted to stop the car; police said Ford sped off.
A short distance away, over the border in Westbury, police said, Ford lost control, striking a metal street sign and a wooden telephone pole. He then fled.
Meanwhile, police said, Porteous, who was in the rear seat, exited the car and, advised he was being placed under arrest, pushed one officer to the ground. The officer broke a bone in his right hand during the exchange. The second officer also suffered a hand injury while trying to subdue Porteous, finally using a stun gun to incapacitate and arrest him.
Both Ford and Porteous now face arraignment Wednesday in First District Court in Hempstead.