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Police officer struck by stolen vehicle in Commack, cops say

Police said the sergeant fired two shots at the vehicle in an attempt to stop it.

Two people are in custody and a Suffolk County police officer is recovering after he was struck by a stolen vehicle in Commack.

Police said a vehicle that had been reported missing from Ridge was found by officers Friday morning about 11:45 a.m. in the parking lot of a New York Sport Club on Jericho Turnpike in Commack.

As an officer and patrol sergeant approached the vehicle, a 2008 Ford F-350 pickup truck, the driver of the truck attempted to flee. As the truck backed out of a parking space, a snowplow attached to it struck the patrol sergeant’s left hand, and then the truck moved forward toward the sergeant.

Police said the sergeant fired two shots at the vehicle in an attempt to stop it. The truck continued forward and over the curb and left the parking lot, but became disabled a few blocks away.

Two people got out of the truck and attempted to run but were arrested by other responding officers. The sergeant was treated and released from St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center in Smithtown.

James Connor, 35, of Ridge was arrested and charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree assault, third-degree grand larceny and third-degree criminal possession of stolen property. Alesha Labosco, 32, of Ridge was arrested and charged with third-degree grand larceny and third-degree criminal possession of stolen property.

Connor and Labosco were arraigned Saturday at First District Court in Central Islip. A judge set bail at $60,000 bond, $30,000 cash for Connor, which was not posted, according to court records.

Labosco’s bail was set at $31,000 bond, $15,500 cash, which was also not posted, according to court records. Labosco is represented by Suffolk County Legal Aid, which does not comment on cases. An attorney for Connor declined to comment.

Both are due back in court on Thursday.

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