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Police: Hempstead cop shoots at 2 fleeing in stolen SUV

Nassau and Hempstead Village police investigate a crash

Nassau and Hempstead Village police investigate a crash scene on Tuesday in Hempstead. Credit: Howard Schnapp

A man and woman were arrested Tuesday after they fled from police in a stolen sport utility vehicle, crashed into several other vehicles — including a Hempstead Village police car — and nearly hit an officer, who fired two shots at the suspects, law enforcement officials said.

The suspects, who were not immediately identified, kept going after the confrontation with police and crashed into a box truck at Westbury Boulevard and Fairview Boulevard, according to Hempstead Village Police Lt. Vincent Montera.

The truck driver had to be extricated from the vehicle, police officials said.

That driver, Angelo Fuentes, 50, of Hempstead, who owns a construction company, was being treated at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow for a fractured spine and broken ankle, said his son-in-law Jose Campos, 31.

“It could have been worse,” said Campos, also of Hempstead. “It could have been his life. He basically escaped death.”

Hempstead volunteer firefighters rescued the injured driver from the truck, Fire Chief Steve Giardino said.

The collision “pinned him in the driver’s seat,” Giardino said. “The door was pinned closed too.”

The firefighters used extrication tools to free the driver, who was conscious and alert during the 10 minutes it took, Giardino said.

The incident, police said, began at 7:09 a.m. after Hempstead police received information about a Ford Explorer, stolen from Suffolk County, that was located driving on Front Street.

Hempstead Village police tried to pull the SUV over, but the driver took off, “striking several parked cars, a police vehicle and nearly hitting a police officer,” Montera said.

A village officer, whose name was not released, fired twice at the SUV but did not hit anyone, Montera said.

The vehicle continued down Westbury Boulevard before it crashed into the box truck, police said.

The police car had moderate damage to its front end, Montera said.

With Kadia Goba

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