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Teen injured in Ronkonkoma crash after high-speed chase

Edward Langley crashed his car in Ronkonkoma following

Edward Langley crashed his car in Ronkonkoma following a high-speed chase with Suffolk sheriff's deputies, leaving his teenage son with a head injury. (Dec. 29, 2009) Photo Credit: James Carbone

A teenage boy was seriously injured early Tuesday when his father rammed their car into a tree during a high-speed police pursuit in a Ronkonkoma neighborhood, the Suffolk County Sheriff's Department said.

The incident began when a woman driving east on the Long Island Expressway called police about midnight and said she was afraid because her ex-boyfriend was following her.

Minutes later, Edward Langley, 34, of 33 Sixth St. in Westbury, led police into the residential neighborhood, where he crashed his gray Volvo, police said.

Police said Langley's 14-year-old son, who was in the front seat, was hurt and airlifted to Stony Brook University Medical Center, where he was in stable condition with head injuries.

Langley was charged with reckless endangerment, fleeing a police officer, endangering the welfare of a child and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

"The whole pursuit was probably about three minutes," said Michael Sharkey, chief of staff for the Suffolk County Sheriff's Department. "He was traveling in excessive speeds. Our deputies had a hard time keeping up with him."

Police had told the woman to pull off the expressway and into a gas station on the service drive, near Exit 57, where she met sheriff's deputies.

Langley also pulled into the station, then sped back onto the expressway, heading east. He pulled off the expressway at Exit 59, Ocean Avenue, and continued on the service drive, where he turned off into a neighborhood, police said.

Langley then crashed into a tree at the corner of Pine and Woodlawn avenues in Ronkonkoma, police said.

Langley was treated for minor injuries at St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center in Smithtown and released to police.

Court records show that since 1998, Langley has been convicted twice of felony attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance, once for felony sale of a controlled substance and once for misdemeanor criminal possession of stolen property.

He served less than a year in prison on one of the criminal sale convictions before he was paroled in July 2005, records show.

He was scheduled for arraignment Tuesday in First District Court in Central Islip, police said.

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