A West Babylon man "intentionally struck" a police vehicle and a second car, injuring a Nassau County police detective, during the investigation of a fatal overdose, Nassau police said Thursday.
Police said the detective suffered a back injury and was taken to a hospital for treatment.
Police said the investigation into the overdose death, which occurred April 10 in Merrick, led Narcotics/Vice Squad detectives to the Best Western Bar Harbour Inn at 5080 Sunrise Hwy. in Massapequa Park in pursuit of Javonne Mimms, 30, on Wednesday.
During that investigation, police said Mimms struck a police vehicle with a white 2018 BMW around 10:20 p.m., injuring the detective, then fled after striking a parked, unoccupied vehicle. Mimms was later arrested on Hoffman Avenue in Lindenhurst, police said.
Police did not immediately provide details of the overdose death, or Mimms' alleged connection to it.
Arrested following the incident, Mimms was charged with second-degree assault, first-degree reckless criminal endangerment, two counts of leaving the scene of an incident, third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and three counts of second-degree criminal mischief.
Mimms was arraigned Thursday in First District Court in Hempstead where bail was set at $50,000 bond or $25,000 cash, according to court records.
Islip Terrace-based attorney Robert Macedonio, who is representing Mimms, said Thursday evening that his client entered a plea of not guilty and Mimm's family was in the process of posting bail.
"We're waiting to review the evidence; at this point we have not received any of the discovery from the DA's office," Macedonio said. "Mr. Mimms looks forward to defending himself in court."