A Baldwin parolee shot by a Nassau police officer as he tried to run down cops with a stolen car, officials say, shouted from his hospital bed Monday during his arraignment, telling lawyers and a judge: "I'm not in the right state of mind. I might say yes or no. I'm in pain -- massive amounts of pain."
LeVaughn Tingle, 25, of 655 Joy Blvd., was arraigned at Nassau University Medical Center on charges of first-degree reckless endangerment and criminal possession of stolen property. Tingle, his left arm bandaged, lay in bed and appeared to struggle to lift his head.
First District Court Judge Scott Siller told Tingle: "We'll be very short and we'll be out of your way." Asked later whether it was appropriate to go forward with the proceedings despite Tingle's protests, the judge said: "I thought he understood what was being said to him."
Siller ordered Tingle held on a $500,000 cash bail or bond. Tingle, who was represented by Legal Aid Society attorney David Rosenfeld, said, "I'm not voluntarily or involuntarily making a plea. . . . I am not giving my court-appointed attorney permission to make such decisions for me."
Rosenfeld said of his client, "He said he's in too much pain to be interviewed."
Assistant District Attorney Daryl Levy, who asked for a $250,000 cash bail or bond, told the judge that Tingle was paroled in April -- Tingle pleaded guilty in 2012 to a charge of second-degree attempted burglary -- and complied with the terms of his probation until June. In July, authorities issued an arrest warrant, which is still active, for failing to comply with the terms of his parole, Levy said.
A Nassau police officer shot Tingle "multiple times" just before 4:20 a.m. Saturday, after police responded to a call for a suspicious car in the driveway of a house on Clinton Street in Westbury, court papers show.
Officers approached the car and knocked on the window of the 2005 Honda. Tingle "placed the car into gear and raced it forward" hitting another vehicle, according to court papers.
Tingle then put the car "in reverse and started racing at the officers," who ran onto a driveway across the street, court papers show. Tingle pursued the officers, the papers said, and they continued running.
One of the officers "jumped out of the way" and the car veered in his direction, the papers said. Soon after, one officer then "discharged his service weapon at the oncoming vehicle," the papers said.
The officers' names were redacted from court papers. A district attorney's spokesman said it is office policy to redact names of victims "in most cases."
With Bridget Murphy