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Westbury teen charged after police chase injures 2 officers, cops say

A Westbury teen has been charged with assault and several crimes after leading police on a car chase that left two Nassau County officers injured, police said. Talique Thomas, 16, was driving on Post Avenue in Westbury at 3:42 p.m. Sunday, July 23, 2017, when officers tried to pull his BMW over because of a problem with the license plate on the vehicle. (Credit: Newsday)

A Westbury teen faces multiple charges after leading police on a car chase that left two Nassau County officers injured, police said.

Talique Thomas, 16, was driving a BMW on Post Avenue in Westbury at 3:42 p.m. Sunday when officers attempted to pull him over because of a problem with a license plate, Nassau police said.

Thomas sped away, police said, then swerved into the side of the officers’ vehicle when they tried to get him to stop.

The teenager then drove into a parking lot on the north side of Old Country Road, just across from Roosevelt Field mall in Garden City, where he twice collided with the officers’ vehicle, police said.

The police vehicle was disabled at that point, autjhorities said, and Thomas drove a short distance on a damaged tire to Old Country Road and the Meadowbrook Parkway, where he lost control of his car and crashed into a 2007 Toyota.

Old Country Road in the vicinity of the crash was closed in both directions from about 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., police said.

Police said they found Thomas in possession of seven plastic bags of marijuana when they caught up with him a few blocks away on Wright Avenue in Carle Place.

The occupants of the Toyota were not injured, and the two officers were treated at a hospital for injuries that were not life-threatening, police said.

Police said late Sunday that they had three occupants of the car in custody, but clarified Monday that one other occupant of the car had been located, and that person was later released.

Nassau police charged Thomas with two counts of assault, criminal mischief, reckless endangerment, unlawful fleeing of a police officer, leaving an accident that caused physical injuries, failing to signal, a facsimile license plate violation and other charges.

Bail was set at $50,000 bond or $30,000 cash following his arraignment Monday in First District Court in Hempstead.

Thomas was scheduled to return to court on Wednesday.

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