A driver in a stolen vehicle fleeing from Floral Park police crashed Tuesday and was found with credit cards and wallets swiped in Elmont, Nassau County police said.
When Justin Kirlew, 18, of Brooklyn, failed to signal as he changed lanes on Jericho Turnpike, Floral Park officers in an unmarked car tried to pull his Nissan over about 5:40 a.m. but he sped off, police said.
He led police on a chase, then crashed into a parked vehicle and a tree on Jericho Turnpike by South Third Street in New Hyde Park, police said.
Kirlew then ran away and was caught in the driveway of a Fourth Street home, said Nassau police, who assisted in the arrest. But a second suspect, Kirlew’s passenger, also ran and disappeared going west on the turnpike, police said.
Police discovered that the Nissan had been stolen, and as officers processed Kirlew in the arrest, they found two wallets and credit cards that had been stolen Monday from cars in Elmont, police said.
Kirlew is expected to be arraigned Wednesday on three counts of fourth-degree grand larceny, second-degree reckless endangerment, reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident and several vehicle and traffic law violations, police said.