The driver of a stolen Jeep Grand Cherokee rammed a police car at a gas station then fled, only to crash into a snow bank, ram another police car, and then crash one last time in Mount Sinai early Wednesday morning, Suffolk police said.
Two police officers were injured. They were treated at a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries and released. The driver, Christopher Cruz, 30, who is homeless, was treated at a local hospital for minor injuries and released, police said.
The 2015 Jeep was taken from the driveway of a home on Oakland Avenue in Port Jefferson Station around 11:40 p.m. Tuesday, police said.
Police officers in an unmarked car then saw Cruz drive into the parking lot of a Mobil gas station on Route 112. Officers in marked police vehicles then arrived and that is where Cruz first rammed a police car, injuring an officer, before driving off, police said.
A short time later, Cruz lost control of the car, slamming into a snow bank near the intersection of Canal Road and Strathmore Court in Mount Sinai. That is where he rammed a police car for a second time, but failed to get away and crashed into another snow bank instead at about 12:15 a.m. Wednesday, the police said.
A second officer was hurt while Cruz was being taken into custody, police said.
Cruz was charged with grand larceny, assault, criminal mischief and resisting arrest. His arraignment is set for Wednesday.
Christopher Cruz stole a 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee from the driveway of a residence on Oakland Avenue in Port Jefferson Station at approximately 11:40 p.m. last night. Officers in an unmarked police vehicle saw the Jeep pull into the parking lot of Mobil, located at 1889 Route 112 in Coram, at approximately 12:05 a.m. Officers in marked police vehicles arrived at the scene moments later. Cruz rammed the Jeep into one of the police vehicles, injuring an officer, and then fled the scene.
Cruz lost control of the Jeep a short time later and crashed into a snow bank near the intersection of Canal Road and Strathmore Court in Mount Sinai. When officers arrived at the scene, Cruz rammed the Jeep into a second police vehicle and attempted to drive away before crashing into another snow bank and coming to a stop at approximately 12:15 a.m. One officer was injured as Cruz was being taken into custody.
Cruz was transported to St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson where he was treated for minor injuries and released. The two injured police officers were transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
Cruz, 30, who is undomiciled, was charged with Grand Larceny 3rd Degree, Assault 2nd Degree, Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree and Resisting Arrest. He is being held overnight at the Sixth Precinct and is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on February 24.