Three New Jersey teenagers have been charged with injuring five police officers on Long Island as law enforcement attempted to stop a stolen Mercedes SUV.
As Newsday reported, the two 16-year-old men and one 17-year-old who were arrested are all from Newark.
The Nassau County Police Department said an officer and a detective each suffered a concussion – while three other officers were treated for injuries from the Sunday afternoon incident.
One of the 16-year-olds was driving a previously reported stolen blue 2020 Mercedes Benz, police say, when he refused to stop and drove away – colliding with four police vehicles before finally being stopped on the Long Island highway.
A loaded pistol was later recovered from inside the SUV.
The three teenagers were charged with grand larceny in the second degree, as well as possession of weapons.
The driver was also charged with five counts of second-degree assault and third-degree unlawful flight from a police officer in a motor vehicle.
Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder criticized the trio’s quick release after their court appearance on Monday.
On Twitter he wrote “3 bad guys steal a car, flee cops, wreck 4 cop cars, put five cops in the hospital and get out the next morning. We need help from Albany and our communities We need a change in the law and we can help you by locking the cars and removing the key fob. Let’s not make it easy!”
In New York, “adolescent delinquents” are 16- or 17-year-olds who commit felony-level crime. These people have their case heard by the youth section of the criminal court.
Erin Vogt is a reporter and anchor for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach her at [email protected]
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