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Police: Driver arrested after fleeing cops

A police pursuit in the Wyandanch area Wednesday night ended with the driver under arrest and three damaged patrol cars -- two struck by the fleeing driver, one wrecked in an unrelated accident.

Suffolk County police said no one was injured in the original pursuit, which began about 10:30 p.m. on Hamlin Avenue near Straight Path.

The driver of a pickup truck involved in the second accident was not part of the pursuit but was injured when he crashed into the back of an unoccupied patrol unit that was blocking traffic as part of the pursuit. Police said that driver was taken to a hospital with a hand injury.

Arrested was Malachi Ware, 19, of 775 Bayview Ave. in North Amityville. Police said Ware, arrested after a brief foot pursuit along the Southern State Parkway, was charged with two counts of second-degree criminal mischief and one count each of second-degree unlawful fleeing from a police officer and resisting arrest. Police said he also had an outstanding bench warrant.

Ware is scheduled for arraignment Thursday in First District Court in Central Islip.

The account provided by police late Wednesday morning differed from an earlier account of the events provided to Newsday by police. In the original account, police said the pursuit went onto the Southern State, suggesting that was a vehicle pursuit. It turned out to be the foot pursuit of Ware.

Police said late Thursday morning that Ware was with a group of people who were on Hamlin talking when a marked police car on routine patrol drove into the area Wednesday night.

Seeing the police car, police said one person ran.

Police said Ware jumped into a 1996 Lexus -- a car also occupied by a male and female passenger -- and drove off.

The patrol car pursued the Lexus, police said, and at some point the male passenger jumped from the vehicle and fled. A short time later, police said, Ware crashed into two police cars, abandoned the Lexus on 18th Street near Straight Path and fled on foot onto the nearby Southern State.

He was caught there, police said, and arrested.

The female passenger in the Lexus was not arrested.

Meanwhile, a third patrol car stopped on the entrance ramp to the eastbound Southern State at Straight Path and, police said, the officer got out of the vehicle to join the foot pursuit of Ware. Police said a Chevy Silverado pickup attempting to enter the parkway then crashed into the rear of the unoccupied police cruiser, and the driver of the pickup truck injured in that accident.

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