A female thief first fled an Oceanside shop in her vehicle early Wednesday afternoon — and when finally brought to a halt by crashing into a pole, she tried to run off, Nassau police said.
First stopped on 5th Street by the police who were alerted by the store, the defendant, Najah M. Bailey, 29, of Queens, went into reverse, police said in a statement.
Hitting one officer with her side view mirror, she then forced another officer to leap out of the way as she sped away, police said.
That was far from the end of this pursuit that began after workers at a Bed Bath & Beyond on Long Beach Road reported “multiple larcenies” to the police and described her vehicle.
Bailey, failing to stop at red lights and driving at a high rate of speed, at times on both sides of the road, hit another vehicle by Fairview Avenue, police said. And then she crashed into a pole at the corner of Davidson Avenue.
Getting out of her vehicle, Bailey then tried to run away, police said.
“Officers were able to eventually secure the defendant,” they said.
The officer struck by Bailey’s side view mirror suffered “minor pain.”
No further injuries were reported.
The defendant, who was arraigned on Wednesday, was charged with a number of crimes: attempted assault, petit larceny, criminal possession of stolen property, unlawful fleeing of a police officer in a motor vehicle, reckless endangerment, and “multiple” vehicle and traffic violations, police said.