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Officer hurt when reckless driver's car hits cop's vehicle, police say

Bryant Veal of Trenton, New Jersey, was charged

Bryant Veal of Trenton, New Jersey, was charged in the assault of a police officer on Friday.   Credit: NCPD

A New Jersey man was arraigned Saturday after, authorities said, he drove recklessly, refused to pull over and struck a marked police vehicle in Lynbrook early Friday, injuring a police officer.

Bryant Veal, 20, of Trenton, was initially observed driving recklessly westbound on Sunrise Highway by a Nassau County police officer, who activated his emergency lights to try to stop the vehicle about 1:45 a.m., Nassau police said.

But Veal kept going and hit a marked Lynbrook cruiser that had joined the pursuit, police said. The crash happened near Sunrise and Horton Avenue, police said.

The Lynbrook officer was taken to a hospital to be evaluated and treated for injuries that were not life-threatening, police said.

Veal was arrested and charged with second-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree assault, third-degree unlawful fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, second-degree criminal mischief, reckless driving, unlawful possession of marijuana and several traffic infractions.

He pleaded not guilty Saturday in Nassau First District Court in Hempstead, where bail was set at $20,000 cash or $40,000 bond, according to court records. He is set to return to court Tuesday for his next hearing.

Attorney information for Veal was not available Saturday.

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