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Man charged with impaired driving after fleeing traffic stop, police say

Two officers suffered minor injuries during the West Hempstead chase, police said.

Anthony Grassi of Floral Park was charged Friday

Anthony Grassi of Floral Park was charged Friday with counts including criminal possession of a controlled substance and assault, Nassau County police said. Photo Credit: NCPD

Nassau County police arrested a Floral Park man and charged him with intoxicated driving and possession of cocaine after he led police on a chase through West Hempstead, police said.

Officers attempted to stop a car weaving through lanes about 8:25 p.m. Friday on Hempstead Turnpike near Broadway, authorities said.

The driver, Anthony Grassi, 21, stopped, but ran away from his car. Officers chased and captured him nearby, police said. Two officers suffered unspecified minor injuries during the pursuit and were taken to a hospital to be treated.

Police said Grassi was impaired while driving and had in his car 84 small bags of cocaine, a measuring scale and a canister of pepper spray.

Grassi was charged with two felony counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, two felony counts of assault, driving while ability impaired and traffic violations.

He was held overnight and arraigned Saturday in First District Court in Hempstead. Grassi was held on bail of $100,000 bond or $50,000 cash, according to online court records. No attorney information was immediately available and his next court appearance is Tuesday.

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