Cops: Teens arrested after fleeing from police in stolen car

Two Hempstead teens who tried to elude police in a stolen car last week face multiple charges after the driver hit a police car and tried to run down an officer, Nassau police said Monday.

Jakwan Keller, 17, of 130 Mason St., accompanied by a 16-year-old passenger, was driving a stolen car, a 2010 Nissan, at about 3:30 p.m. Friday through Carolina Avenue, Peninsula Boulevard, Madison Avenue and President Street in Hempstead, committing various vehicle and traffic law violations, police said.

When police tried to pull over the vehicle, it sped off, traveling east on Fulton Avenue to High Street, authorities said.

The Nissan then hit a police car, and the 16-year-old ran from the vehicle through a North Franklin Street parking lot, where officers apprehended him, police said.

The Nissan accelerated toward a Nassau police officer, police said. The officer fired his gun at the oncoming car, which didn't stop, before jumping out of the way, police said.

Keller crashed into a light pole and was then arrested by Hempstead Village police, authorities said. He resisted, police said, "flailing his arms and legs." An investigation revealed that the Nissan had been stolen about a month earlier, police said.

Two Nassau officers were treated and released from a nearby hospital, police said.

Keller was taken to a nearby hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries and was arraigned Saturday at his bedside on reckless endangerment, criminal mischief, resisting arrest and other charges. Keller was remanded.

The 16-year-old was charged with criminal possession of stolen property and was arraigned Saturday at First District Court in Hempstead. He was released to probation.

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