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Mastic man charged with DWI, assaulting cop

Andre Mack, 24, of Mastic, was charged with

Andre Mack, 24, of Mastic, was charged with assault, DWI, unlawful fleeing of a police officer and resisting arrest after a car chase and a "violent struggle" with an officer, police said. (July 27, 2012) Credit: SCPD

A police officer was injured during a "violent struggle" with a drunken-driver after an early morning pursuit Friday in North Bellport, police said.

Suffolk County police said the officer, Jason Keenan of the Fifth Precinct, was "punched and kicked" during a physical confrontation with Andre Mack, 24, of 128 Poospatuck Lane, Mastic, who police said had fled on foot after a pursuit on Montauk Highway.

Keenan was taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue, where he was treated and later released.

Mack was charged with second-degree assault, driving while intoxicated, unlawful fleeing of a police officer, resisting arrest and was issued numerous traffic summonses.

He is scheduled for arraignment Friday in First District Court in Central Islip.

Police said Keenan spotted Mack at 1:22 a.m. driving a white Acura east on Montauk Highway at "a high rate of speed" and attempted to make a traffic stop. Instead, police said, Mack fled the scene -- sparking a vehicle pursuit. The pursuit ended when Mack finally stopped the vehicle on Carver Boulevard in North Bellport and fled on foot.

Police said Keenan caught Mack, but that a "violent struggle" ensued during which Mack punched and kicked the officer, injuring him, before being arrested.

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