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Hit-and-run driver, passenger arrested after crash into tree, police say

After hitting a car in Wyandanch, the men took off then got into another crash, Suffolk County police said.

A hit-and-run driver and his passenger were arrested Friday night after they fled the scene in Wyandanch and hit a tree on the Southern State Parkway, Suffolk County police said.

The driver collided with another vehicle at North 27th Street and Main Avenue in Wyandanch about 10:15 p.m., a crash witnessed by a First Precinct officer, police said. The unidentified victim was not seriously hurt, police said.

The suspect took off, but a short time later, police discovered he had abandoned his vehicle after slamming into a tree on the parkway in North Massapequa, near the Bethpage State Parkway, police said.

Both the suspect and his passenger ran off after the tree crash and were arrested on Grant Street in South Farmingdale after a police search, police said.

Driver Nathaniel Jordan, 29, of Wyandanch, was charged with counts including second-degree obstruction of governmental administration, third-degree criminal trespass of enclosed property, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, third-degree fleeing from an officer in a motor vehicle, reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident, police said.

Jordan was arraigned Saturday at First District Court in Central Islip, according to online court records. He is represented by the Legal Aid Society of Suffolk County. No one from that office could be reached Saturday.

Passenger DaQuan Barnes, 24, of Wyandanch, was also charged with counts including second-degree obstruction of governmental administration, third-degree criminal trespass of enclosed property and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, police said.

His arraignment information was not available Saturday.


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