But as the officer walked up to the van, which had three men as passengers, Torres drove off west on Sunrise Highway, police said.
He then went north on the Seaford Oyster Bay Expressway, took the westbound Southern State Parkway and exited at Peninsula Boulevard in Hempstead, where he was spotted by First Precinct officers, police said.
Torres eventually stopped on Sealey Avenue, where all the van's occupants bailed out and ran, police said.
Officers chased Torres and found him a short distance away, but he fought being handcuffed and one officer was hurt in the hand, police said.
A second officer cut his hand while climbing a fence, police said.
Both officers were treated at a local hospital and released, police said.
The three passengers, ages 19, 25 and 29, were found a short time later with the help of a canine unit, police said, but they were released without charges from the Seventh Precinct.
Torres, of 20 Hewlett Ave., was charged with second-degree assault, reckless driving, resisting arrest, third-degree unlawful fleeing of a police officer, two counts of criminal possession of stolen property and several vehicle and traffic law violations.
His arraignment has been scheduled for Saturday at First District Court in Hempstead.