Two Men Connected To A Stolen Car Ring Were Arrested By Police Following A High-Speed Chase
The act of fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer has been a felony in New York since 2006. The law came about after the family of a law enforcement officer lobbied for the change after the officer was killed in the pursuit of a speeding motorcyclist. Even if the driver has committed no other crime, attempting to flee from a police officer could be charged as a felony if someone is injured or killed in a crash related to the pursuit. Otherwise, the charge could be a misdemeanor. Even a misdemeanor charge of fleeing can result in significant jail time along with fines and fees. A felony conviction can result in a term in jail or prison for up to four years.
The Suffolk Daily Voice reports that two men suspected of being connected to a stolen car ring on Long Island were arrested following a pursuit that resulted in a crash that injured a police officer.
Detectives assigned to the Auto Theft Unit were investigating a stolen car ring when the investigation led them to Corona, Queens.
The detectives spotted a stolen 2018 BMW X5. The vehicle stopped at a BP gas station that was located at Horace Harding Expressway and 99th Street. The detectives attempted to arrest the three men occupying the vehicle.
Jorge Alvarez was behind the wheel of the vehicle and attempted to flee, intentionally striking one of the arresting detectives with the vehicle before crashing into a nearby police vehicle.
All three men then jumped out and fled the scene on foot. Two were apprehended soon after fleeing. Police did not specify what happened with the third occupant.
The detective who was hit suffered from a broken leg and multiple other injuries. He was transported to a hospital