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Cops: Oceanside man on drugs fled crash

An Oceanside man was arrested Thursday after State

An Oceanside man was arrested Thursday after State Police said he led a trooper on a short pursuit, then attempted to flee on foot, after a minor accident on Route 231 in Deer Park. Ivan Torres, 34, was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, unlawful fleeing, second-degree reckless endangerment, possession of a hypodermic needle and driving while ability-impaired by drugs. Credit: NYSP

An Oceanside man was arrested Thursday after State Police said he led a trooper on a short pursuit, then attempted to flee on foot, after a minor accident on Route 231 in Deer Park.

Ivan Torres, 34, was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, unlawful fleeing, second-degree reckless endangerment, possession of a hypodermic needle and driving while ability-impaired by drugs.

Torres was later also charged by Suffolk County police with third-degree grand larceny in connection with what State Police said was the theft of jewelry from a store in Sayville. Details of that theft were not available Friday.

Police said that Torres, driving a 2007 Chevrolet TrailBlazer reported stolen earlier in day in Nassau County, was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of Route 231 when he was involved in a minor accident at about 4:20 p.m.

He then led a trooper on a short pursuit on the Southern State Parkway before attempting to flee on foot.

Police said Torres was eventually found with the assistance of a Suffolk K-9 unit that tracked him to Kime Avenue in West Islip.

Arraignment details were not immediately available.

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