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Suspect in Suffolk cops' injuries faces arraignment

Chad Morizsan, 34, of Ridings Gate, Northport, left,

Chad Morizsan, 34, of Ridings Gate, Northport, left, and Nicholas Franzone, 22, of Ridings Gate, Northport, have been arrested in connection with an incident where a Suffolk County police officer was struck by a vehicle yesterday, Sept. 22, 2014. Credit: SCPD

A Northport man who police said used a motor vehicle to run down two Suffolk police officers -- seriously injuring one who remains in a coma -- is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday on a multiple-count indictment stemming from the incident in Huntington last month.

Chad Morizsan, 34, is suspected of running down Nicholas Guerrero, 36, on Sept. 22 while fleeing a traffic stop, Suffolk District Attorney Thomas Spota said in a news release.

Guerrero, who suffered a head injury, underwent surgery and was placed into a medically induced coma at Stony Brook University Hospital, where he remains, authorities said.

Morizsan and his passenger, Nicholas Franzone, 22, are scheduled to be arraigned before State Supreme Court Justice Fernando Camacho in Central Islip at about 11 a.m. on as many as 28 counts, including upgraded charges of first-degree assault and robbery charges.

The robbery charge is in connection to accusations the men took a Commack woman's car and pocketbook while trying to escape, authorities said.

Police said Guerrero and his partner in the Second Precinct, Heriberto Lugo, were in plainclothes but wearing police vests and shields when they pulled over a 2014 Ford Explorer on Partridge Lane, assisting two uniformed officers who noticed it fit the description of a stolen vehicle.

That's when, police said, Morizsan slammed on the gas pedal, forcing the vehicle to strike Guerrero and Lugo, who was later treated for minor injuries and released, authorities said.

Prosecutors said the suspects drove to a gas station and pulled away without paying, crashing into another vehicle as they left and then carjacked a 2005 Toyota Camry in Commack after throwing its owner, an 87-year-old Commack woman, to the ground and robbing her.

Morizsan and Franzone were arrested later in the day when they stopped to buy a television with a stolen credit card at a Target in Central Islip, police said.

Both suspects are being held without bail at the Suffolk jail, officials said.

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