A man who grabbed purses from a pair of women outside a Woodbury restaurant on Wednesday botched his getaway when the driver of a car stopped at a traffic light refused his demands to drive away, Nassau County police said.

Anthony Q. Grant, 24, of 13 Mervin St., in Inwood, is charged with two counts of grand larceny and reckless endangerment. He is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday at First District Court in Hempstead.

Police said Grant grabbed the purses from two women who were sitting outside Butera's restaurant at 7903 Jericho Tpke. about 3:10 p.m.

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As he ran off south on S. Woods Road, he was pursued by several witnesses, police said.

Grant got into a 2008 Cadillac stopped at a traffic light and "told the female driver to flee," according to a news release.

The driver refused, and Grant placed his hand on the accelerator, the car lurching onto the curb.

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Witnesses tried to remove Grant from the car, police said, and Second Precinct officers arrived at the scene, arresting him.

Both pocketbooks were recovered and no injuries were reported, police said.