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Cops: Driver arrested in stolen-car crash

A Medford man was arrested and charged with fleeing police in a stolen vehicle after a Sunday night crash that seriously injured a female passenger, Suffolk police said Tuesday.

James Darrow, 49, was charged with second-degree unlawful fleeing a police officer, second-degree reckless endangerment and third-degree unauthorized use of a motor vehicle after the crash in Deer Park late Sunday. The crash seriously injured a 33-year-old Bay Shore woman in the stolen car he drove and injured the driver of a sport utility vehicle he crashed into, police said. Darrow faces arraignment at a later date, police said.

The crash, which occurred just after 10 p.m. near West Sixth Street and Central Avenue, followed a police pursuit that reached speeds of 100 mph.

Police said that just before 10 p.m. Sunday, a highway patrol officer stopped the 2012 Kia Forte driven by Darrow after he spotted the car speeding on the westbound service road of Sunrise Highway at Commack Road in Islip. But, police said, Darrow sped off as the officer approached the vehicle.

The officer pursued the Kia at speeds of more than 100 mph but ended the chase after the Kia almost hit several other cars, according to police.

The officer lost sight of the car near Grand Boulevard in Deer Park, police said.

Officers said they found the Kia minutes later at West Sixth Street and Central Avenue in Deer Park. Police said the car had crashed into a 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer, which then caught fire. Darrow tried to run, police said, but was caught by officers a short distance from the crash -- and promptly arrested.

Police said the passenger in the Kia, Brooke Moody, suffered serious head and facial injuries and was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, as was Darrow and the Chevrolet driver, identified as Frank Cassano, 42, of Lindenhurst.

Cassano suffered nonlife-threatening injuries, police said.

Police said the Kia had been reported stolen from Bay Shore on Aug. 27.

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