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Police: Motorist driving with hood up charged with stealing vehicle

Police said they learned that the Infiniti that

Police said they learned that the Infiniti that Rayon Gounga was driving was reported stolen. Credit: Howard Schnapp

A Queens motorist spotted by police driving with the hood of his vehicle blocking the windshield ran onto the Southern State Parkway before he was arrested and charged late Saturday, according to Nassau police.

Officers stopped Rayon Gounga, 20, on Merrick Avenue in North Merrick at about 10:15 p.m., police said. Gounga, of South Ozone Park, got out of the Infiniti vehicle he was driving and fled on foot. He ran to the Southern State Parkway, up the exit ramp and took off across all six lanes of traffic.

With the assistance of a police dog, officers located Gounga hiding in a wooded area near the parkway and placed him under arrest, according to a release from Nassau police. During the subsequent investigation, police said, officers determined that Gounga had an outstanding warrant for grand larceny of an auto and a suspended drivers license. He also allegedly gave false information to officers.

Police said they also learned that the Infiniti Gounga was driving was reported stolen.

Gounga was charged with two counts of grand larceny in the fourth degree, false impersonation, aggravated unlicensed operation in the second degree and multiple traffic infractions. He was arraigned on Sunday at First District Court in Hempstead and is held on a $2,000 bond. He has a court-appointed attorney and is due back in court Wednesday.

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