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EAST ISLIP / Cops: Aiding victim but DWI

A Brentwood woman was charged with drunken driving after she crashed her car in East Islip early Saturday morning while rushing a gunshot victim to the hospital, Suffolk police said.

The chaotic series of events began shortly after 3 a.m. when fights involving 10 to 15 people erupted outside Norton's Bar and Grill on Connetquot Avenue in East Islip, police said.

Gunshots were fired at 3:10 a.m., and Jovan Bailey, 24, also of Brentwood, was struck several times, police said.

Bailey escaped from the scene in a car, a 2007 gray Honda Accord driven by Nyasha Hunter, 21, police said. But about five minutes later the car crashed on the way to the hospital, slamming into the stanchion of the overpass on the westbound side of the Sunrise Highway Service Road at Saxon Avenue, police said.

Bailey was eventually taken by ambulance to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, where he underwent surgery and is listed in serious condition. Hunter, 21, and two other passengers in the vehicle were also taken to Southside Hospital, where they were treated for bumps and bruises.

Hunter was later charged with driving while intoxicated. All were still hospitalized as of late Saturday afternoon, and Hunter will be arraigned at some point in the future.

-- ROBERT BRODSKY AND MATTHEW CHAYES

WEST HEMPSTEAD / Cops: Shoplifter hits officer

A shoplifting suspect swinging a walking stick hit a Nassau policeman in the face in West Hempstead, fracturing the officer's nose, authorities said.

A second officer was injured in the struggle to subdue the suspect, Nassau police said.

Laroy Floyd, 50, of Holly Place in West Hempstead, was arrested on charges including assault, criminal possession of a weapon, menacing and resisting arrest.

The officers, from the Elmont-based Fifth Precinct, were chasing Floyd Friday night after he threatened a CVS store employee with the stick earlier in the evening, police said.

Because of a prior shoplifting arrest, Floyd had been banned from the CVS store at 814 Hempstead Ave., police said. On Friday, an employee there ordered him to leave, police said.

Floyd was arraigned Saturday at First District Court in Hempstead before Judge Martin J. Massell, on four felonies and two misdemeanors. Massell set bail at $10,000 bond, or $5,000 cash, according to court records.

-- MATTHEW CHAYES

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