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Hempstead teen crashes stolen Subaru and flees on foot, cops say

Laron Watts, 17, of Hempstead, was arrested on

Laron Watts, 17, of Hempstead, was arrested on Sunday, May 14, 2017, and was awaiting arraignment Monday in First District Court in Hempstead on charges of criminal possession of stolen property, criminal mischief, unlawful fleeing a police officer and several vehicle and traffic violations, police said. Photo Credit: NCPD

A Hempstead teen being pursued by police crashed the stolen car he was driving and was arrested after a short chase on foot, Nassau County police said.

Laron Watts, 17, was awaiting arraignment Monday in First District Court in Hempstead on charges of criminal possession of stolen property, criminal mischief, unlawful fleeing a police officer and several vehicle and traffic violations, police said.

Nassau County police said they got a call for assistance shortly before 6 p.m. Sunday from Freeport Village police, who were chasing a 2009 Subaru Forester that had been stolen days earlier.

During the pursuit, the Subaru crashed into an occupied 2012 Toyota at Uniondale Avenue and Cedar Street in Uniondale, police said.

Watts fled on foot and was arrested a few blocks away on Bedford Avenue, police said.

The 33-year-old man driving the Toyota was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, police said.

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