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Jason Castaneda arrested in theft of tow truck on the LIE, ramming NYPD K-9 unit, police say

A Florida man was arrested Saturday after leading

A Florida man was arrested Saturday after leading Nassau and NYPD officers on a vehicle and foot chase during which he rammed a K-9 unit with a stolen tow truck, injuring an officer and a dog, police said. The suspect was identified as Jason Castaneda, 24, of Kissimmee, Florida, the NYPD said. Photo Credit: Newsday/ Ellen Yan

A Florida man was arrested Saturday after leading Nassau and NYPD officers on a vehicle and foot chase during which he rammed a K-9 unit with a stolen tow truck, injuring an officer and a dog, police said.

The suspect was identified as Jason Castaneda, 24, of Kissimmee, Florida, the NYPD said. He was charged with assault on a police officer, grand larceny, unlicensed driving, reckless endangerment, unauthorized use of a vehicle, killing or injuring a police animal and fleeing an officer in a motor vehicle.

According to an NYPD spokeswoman, the chase began shortly before 11 p.m. Saturday when Nassau police tried to pull Castaneda over for a stop on the Southern State Parkway.

Castaneda kept driving, then crashed at 56th Street and Read Road in Roosevelt and ran away, she said.

Nassau and NYPD officers pursued him on foot, she said. At Grand Avenue and the Southern State Parkway in South Hempstead, Castaneda jumped into a tow truck while the driver was writing a receipt for a stranded motorist, police said.

Castenada then headed west on the Long Island Expressway, ramming the NYPD K-9 patrol car along the way, authorities said, injuring the officer who was driving and a service dog. The extent of the injuries was unknown.

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