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Police: Central Islip man threw drugs out of stolen vehicle, then led cops on car chase

A police helicopter pursuit of a man driving

A police helicopter pursuit of a man driving on Sunrise Highway in Bellport ended July 18, 2014, when the man crashed into a guardrail, Suffolk police said. Credit: John Roca

A Central Islip man, driving a stolen vehicle, took authorities on a high-speed chase Friday night after a routine traffic stop before finally crashing into a guardrail on Sunrise Highway in Bellport, Suffolk County police said.

The chaotic incident began shortly before 6 p.m. when an officer from the Third Precinct's Community Support Unit attempted to pull over a 1994 Buick on McKinney Street in Central Islip.

The officer observed the driver, Shanden Terry, 21, throw drugs out of the car and flee, police said.

Suffolk police followed the Buick but abandoned the chase a short time later because of traffic conditions, detectives said.

A Suffolk police helicopter followed the vehicle, which crashed into a guardrail on Sunrise Highway at Exit 56. Terry was arrested by patrol officers shortly after 6:30 p.m.

Terry, who was taken to a hospital for precautionary reasons, is accused of unlawfully fleeing a police officer, reckless endangerment, two counts of criminal mischief, criminal trespass and criminal possession of marijuana. He was also issued 53 summonses.

MTA Police, who reported that Buick stolen from the Ronkonkoma railroad station earlier in the day, also plan to charge Terry with additional counts relating to the stolen vehicle, police said.

Terry is scheduled to be arraigned Saturday at First District Court in Central Islip.

With Nicholas Spangler

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