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Cops: Pair had drugs in vehicle, hit detective trying to flee

Lawrence Jay Duke Jr., left, 19, of Amityville,

Lawrence Jay Duke Jr., left, 19, of Amityville, and Jasheem Pulley, 19, of Amityville, were arrested on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, and charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a controlled substance, police said. Photo Credit: NCPD

Two Amityville men whose car crashed as they drove off from narcotics detectives in the parking lot of a Bethpage motel face drug charges, Nassau County police said Wednesday.

Jasheem Pulley, 19, of 26 Silverpine Dr., and Lawrence Jay Duke Jr., 19, of 49 Walnut Rd., were driving "suspiciously" in the lot of the Bethpage Motel, 4107 Hempstead Tpke., at about 9:50 p.m. Tuesday, police said.

After the car came to a stop in the lot, detectives conducting a narcotics investigation at the hotel approached the car on foot, identified themselves and directed the two men to get out of the car, according to a news release.

The two refused, and the driver, Pulley, accelerated the vehicle, striking and injuring one detective's hand and causing other detectives to jump out of the way, police said.

The car drove along the motel walkway, hitting a stairway leading to the second floor and coming to a stop, police said. Detectives then arrested Pulley and Duke, a front-seat passenger.

When Pulley left the car, several wax-paper bags containing a substance believed to be heroin fell to the ground, police said.

The injured detective was treated and released at a hospital.

Pulley was arraigned on charges of criminal sale of a controlled substance, criminal possession of a controlled substance, reckless endangerment and assault. He was held on bail of $300,000 bond or $150,000 cash. Duke was arraigned on charges of criminal sale of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a controlled substance. He was held on a bail of $50,000 bond or $25,000 cash.

Both are scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday at First District Court in Hempstead.

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