A speeding driver in a stolen SUV led state police on a long chase Monday in Nassau before hitting a trooper's vehicle, jumping out and running away, authorities said.
State and parks police took five passengers into custody but are still looking for the driver and additional passengers who were in a black Mitsubishi Outlander that was reported stolen from New York City, said state police spokesman Frank Bandiero.
The afternoon chase started when a trooper from the Lake Success barracks tried to stop the SUV for speeding on the Ocean Parkway, near the Wantagh State Parkway, state police said.DataLI crime stats
But the SUV traveled onto the northbound Meadowbrook State Parkway, exited at Babylon Turnpike, then re-entered the Meadowbrook going southbound, police said.
The driver then left Meadowbrook again at the Merrick Road exit, where he hit another vehicle, Bandiero said.
The driver continued, but suddenly stopped and hit a pursuing trooper's car at Lena Avenue and Wallace Street in Freeport, just north of Sunrise Highway, the spokesman said.
The driver ran off, police said. but with the help of state park police, the trooper took five passengers into custody and investigators continued questioning them Monday night.
At the scene, substantial front end damage could be seen on the SUV, especially on the driver's side.
Bandiero said he did not get any reports of serious injuries.
State police investigators were trying to sort out what happened and locate the SUV's other occupants.
They ask anyone with information to contact investigators in the Valley Stream office at 516-561-8492 and said all calls will remain confidential.