Police chase in Bethpage ends in drug arrests

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Two men face felony drug charges Saturday after they were found to have dozens of pain medications without proper prescriptions, Nassau County police said.

Daniel S. Michalski, 36, of West Babylon and Joseph H. Wolfgang, 43, of Bethpage were arrested Friday after a police chase.

One Xanax and four hydrocodone pills were found on Wolfgang, while Michalski admitted to having 25 Hydrocodone pills without a valid prescription, police said.

The arrests occurred about 2:45 p.m. when police responded to 911 call about a suspicious man changing license plates on a blue Dodge Caravan at the corner of Floral and Farmers avenues in Bethpage, detectives said.

Police witnessed the two men inside a blue Caravan with a Florida license plate.

Second Precinct police officers conducted a vehicle stop and as the officer approached the vehicle and asked for identification the driver, Michalski, sped off, police said.

Officers followed the minivan as Michalski drove recklessly northbound Stewart Avenue and onto Route 107 finally stopping in front of 140 Stewart Avenue, according to police.

Michalski and Wolfgang left the minivan and attempted to escape on foot but police chased them and took them into custody, police said.

They are both being charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance.

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In addition, Michalski is being charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, first-degree reckless endangerment, registration of motor vehicle with improper plates, reckless driving, operating without insurance and several other vehicle and traffic laws, police said.

They are scheduled for arraignment Saturday in First District Court in Hempstead.

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