Three New Jersey teenagers were arrested Sunday after they allegedly threw a stolen Mercedes-Benz into several Long Island police cars while attempting to dodge a traffic stop, leaving five officers with potentially “career-ending” injuries, Patrick Ryder said. Nassau County Police Commissioner.
A loaded 9mm handgun and 15 shots were seized from the vehicle, which a 16-year-old was driving. A 17-year-old was in the front passenger seat and a 16-year-old was in the back. All were charged with second-degree grand larceny and second- and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
The driver was also charged with escaping in a motor vehicle and five counts of second-degree assault.
Two of the suspects were released while the other was being held in jail on a New Jersey warrant for theft of a vehicle.
“They’re guns hired by the gangs in Newark, New Jersey,” Ryder said Tuesday. “They charge them, they drive out of here, they commit crimes, they’re reckless, they’re dangerous, they damage our vehicles, they injure our cops.”
Two police officers and three injured officers were taken to a hospital for treatment. One of the detectives suffered a concussion and the other had neck pain. The three officers also suffered various injuries.
The incident began just after noon on Sunday, when a detective discovered a blue 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS 450 that was reported stolen the previous day in Roslyn, a town about 20 miles east of Manhattan.
When the detective initiated a traffic stop, the driver fled and got into several police cars before finally coming to a stop on the Long Island expressway.
According to Ryder, approximately $250,000 of law enforcement property was damaged in the incident.
Nassau County executive director Bruce Blakeman said it was “like New York State inviting criminals from across the region.”
“We have 16- and 17-year-olds who know the difference between right and wrong,” Blakeman said Tuesday. “They commit crimes, injure police officers, destroy police property, steal cars and engage in gang activities. They used to be treated like adults. Now we treat them like little children.”
https://nypost.com/2022/04/27/three-new-jersey-teenagers-wreck-stolen-mercedes-into-multiple-police-cars/ Three New Jersey teenagers crash a stolen Mercedes into several police cars