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Trooper hurt when suspect backs into car during pursuit in Wantagh, cops say

A state trooper was hurt in Wantagh on

A state trooper was hurt in Wantagh on Wednesday when a suspect backed into his car during a pursuit, police said. Credit: Jim Staubitser

A state trooper pursuing a car was hurt Wednesday when the driver entered a dead-end street in Wantagh and then backed into the door of the marked vehicle, pinning the trooper, State Police said.

A second trooper was hurt when Peash Rahman, 24, fought being arrested, police said. After his Nissan was impounded, investigators found a lot of money and more than six pounds of marijuana in plastic bags, authorities said.

The trouble started about 1:45 p.m. on the Southern State Parkway by Route 110 in Farmingdale when the trooper's plate reader warned that a passing Nissan Altima had either no registration or a revoked registration due to lack of insurance, State Police spokesman Daniel Ahlgrim said.

The trooper tailed the Nissan westbound, and after turning on his emergency lights by Exit 29, Route 107 in North Massapequa, the Nissan driver pulled over at the next exit, Route 135, police said.

But as the trooper approached, Rahman sped off north on Route 135, then got onto southbound Route 107, went back west on Southern State Parkway again, passed the Route 135 exit, then took northbound Wantagh Avenue, officials said.

Rahman turned onto Michele Lane, a few blocks north of the parkway, police said, and as he approached the end of the cul-de-sac, he drove onto the front yard of a home, damaging a fence, lawn and bushes.

The trooper tried to block in the Nissan with his vehicle, and as he was stepping out, Rahman backed up, hitting the trooper's door and pinning him against the frame of his vehicle, police said.

At that moment, a second trooper arrived and struggled briefly with Rahman to arrest him, police said.

One trooper was treated at the scene and the other treated and released from Nassau University Medical Center, officials said.

Rahman was charged with two counts of second-degree assault on a police officer, second-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree criminal possession of marijuana, three counts of second-degree criminal mischief, third-degree unlawful fleeing, reckless driving and first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. He was held overnight for arraignment Thursday.

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