Cops: Driver high on drugs in Southern Pkwy. hit-run

Steven Santo, 28, of North Bellmore, is expected

Steven Santo, 28, of North Bellmore, is expected back in Nassau County First District Court in Hempstead on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 after being arraigned on charges of two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, resisting arrest, assault, aggravated unlicensed operation of motor vehicle and driving while his ability was impaired by drugs. (Credit: New York State Police)

A North Bellmore man was high on heroin Friday when he sideswiped another car on the Southern State Parkway then fled the scene, State Police said.

Steven Santo, 28, is expected back in Nassau County First District Court in Hempstead on Tuesday after being arraigned on charges of two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, resisting arrest, assault, aggravated unlicensed operation of motor vehicle and driving while his ability was impaired by drugs.

He was ordered held on $10,000 bond or $5,000 cash bail.


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Farmingdale troopers responded at about 6:41 p.m. to a call of a hit and run on the eastbound Southern near Newbridge Road in North Bellmore.

Troopers said a blue Chrysler sedan sideswiped a Volkswagen and fled the accident scene, according to a news release.

The Volkswagen driver gave troopers the license plate number and a description of the driver of the Chrysler.

After investigating, troopers found the driver of the Chrysler was a friend of the vehicle's owner, police said. Santo was found at a Westbury car dealership, where he resisted arrest, police said. He also tried to run off before being arrested, police said.

Santo "later admitted to using heroin before the accident," the news release said. He was in possession of heroin and Xanax pills and also had four outstanding warrants, police said.

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